Suspects in transferring bribe to ex-St. Petersburg Vice-Governor Marat Oganesyan arrested

Suspects in transferring bribe to ex-St. Petersburg Vice-Governor Marat Oganesyan arrested
Kirill Slivkin Photo: Kommersant

Kirill Slivkin and Nikolay Khripunov, detained on May 4, are suspected of mediating in giving a 20-million-ruble ($344,480) bribe to former vice-governor of St. Petersburg. Kirill Slivkin is the son of the main defendant in the new criminal case on giving a bribe to Marat Oganesyan, initiated on May 5.

The Oktyabrsky District Court of St. Petersburg has issued a decision on taking Kirill Slivkin, suspected of mediating in giving a 20-million-ruble ($344,480) bribe to former Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Marat Oganesyan into custody for a period of two months. The second alleged mediator in giving the bribe to Oganesyan is Nikolay Khripunov, also arrested until July 3.

According to Press Secretary of the St. Petersburg City Court Daya Lebedeva, the persons arrested are suspected of transferring a bribe from Head of StroyElektroMontazh-5 Vasily Slivkin, the father of one of the suspects, to Oganesyan with the purpose of signing a contract for the construction of the stadium Sankt-Peterburg, better known as Zenith Arena. The investigators believe that the bribe was intended for securing a contract for the implementation of works on artistic illumination and outdoor lighting of the stadium.

Both arrestees are employees of the aforementioned company. Kirill Slivkin is deputy director general of StroyElektroMontazh, while Nikolay Khripunov works as senior economist.

Let us recall that the second criminal case against Marat Oganesyan, who is currently in a remand prison on charges of committing a crime under Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling), was initiated the other day, on May 5, under Art. 291 (Bribe-Taking).

The main defendant in this case Vasily Slivkin was detained in Moscow in May 2016 as part of a case of swindling. The ICR investigators believe that he embezzled 74 million rubles ($1.27mln) when executing a contract for the supply of lighting for the stadium and 289 million rubles ($4.9mln) during the supply of electrical equipment as head of StroyElektroMontazh-5.

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