$695.000 stolen during subway’s construction in Nizhny Novgorod
The criminal case was initiated under the Swindling article.
Employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs have identified the theft of 40 million rubles ($695.000) allocated for the construction of the Sormovo-Meshcherskaya subway line in Nizhny Novgorod. This was announced by Interim Head of the Interior Ministry Information and Public Relations Department in Moscow Yuri Titov.
According to the investigation, an agreement between the state institution and the Moscow construction company to extend the subway line in Nizhny Novgorod was concluded in 2015. The fraud was committed by concluding a subcontract for anchoring the pit for one of the new metro stations. The subcontractor did not fulfill the obligations under the contract, but the acceptance certificates of the executed works were signed. Thus, the subcontractor received funds in the amount of 40 million rubles for uncompleted work.
"The general contractor concluded an agreement with a commercial organization to perform work on the anchoring of the foundation pit of one of the stations. The subcontractor did not actually fulfill the obligations under the transaction, but the general contractor signed the acts on the acceptance of the work performed, after which 40 million rubles were transferred to the account of the subcontractor," the Moscow Interior Ministry explained.
On the fact of fraud on an especially large scale a criminal case was instituted under Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The ex-head of the general contractor was detained on September 13. He is in custody pending trial. The investigation continues.
On September 21, kingpin Vladimir Vagin, aka Vagon, hanged himself. Two years earlier another thief in law Max Pioner also committed suicide. Vagon's lawyer does not believe in the version of suicide and intends to apply for a forensic medical examination.