Criminal case of $10.8m-embezzlement at 2018 World Cup preparation reaches court

Criminal case of $10.8m-embezzlement at 2018 World Cup preparation reaches court
Amir Kushkhov

The investigation relates the defendants to members of the criminal community of the Magomedov brothers.

The Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation sent a criminal case over the embezzlement of 752 million rubles ($10.8m) during the construction of the stadium in Kaliningrad for the World Cup to the court. Persons involved in the case are Amir Kushkhov, the former Construction Minister of the Kaliningrad region, and Sergey Tribunsky, the Deputy Head of the regional capital construction department, whom the investigation considers participants of the gang of Ziyavudin Magomedov, the co-owner of Summa.

According to the investigation, from January to September 2014, the defendants submitted documents with false data about the scope, cost, and compliance of the project documentation to the Federal Treasury Department for the Kaliningrad region signed by GlobalElectroService OJSC and the GKU KO Regional Authority for Capital Construction. On the basis of these documents, the attackers received money and stole them.

The investigation of the criminal case began in 2014. In early December 2016, after verification by the Ministry of Regional Control, Kushkhov was fired from the Government of the Kaliningrad region. On June 30, 2017, the ex-Minister was sent into custody.

On January 22, 2019, the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation approved the indictment against Kushkhov and Tribunsky and sent the case to the Central District Court of Kaliningrad.

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