Charges against defendants in case of Putin's residence toughened
Now, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison.
Defendants in the case of multi-million theft during the construction of the residence for the Russian president, Director of Baltstroy Dmitry Sergeyev and head of the enterprise Ateks under the Federal Security Service Andrey Kaminov, are now accused of “participating in a criminal community with the use of official position.” Earlier, they were charged only with “participation in a criminal community,” RIA Novosti reports with reference to the lawyer of one of the defendants, Andrey Grivtsov.
Thus, if earlier the accused faced 10 years in prison, now they can be deprived of their liberty for up to 20 years.
It is to be recalled that according to the investigation, Sergeyev and Kaminov withdrew 225 million rubles (~4.000.000 USD) allocated for the construction of the residence of the Russian president. The Investigative Committee believes the organizer of the criminal scheme is Andrey Kaminov, and Dmitry Sergeev is, according to the case materials, his accomplice. Also, the accomplices in the case are the director of the contractor company, Sergey Litvinov, and the head of another contractor company, Dmitry Torchinsky.
Ismail Efendiev is suspected of exceeding authority in connection with the investigation of cases of detained earlier former First Deputy Prime Minister Ramazan Aliyev and nephew of the former head of Dagestan Askhabali Abdulatipov. Searches are being conducted at Efendiev's office and house.
The disappearance of an elderly Muscovite, who owns three rooms on Ostozhenka Street, and her disabled son, worried the neighbors, but the police refused to initiate criminal proceedings on their application. Housing in the elite area of the capital in the meantime was re-registered to a resident of St. Petersburg, who introduced herself as their relative.