EMERCOM steals $1.7mln meant for housing construction for rescue workers

EMERCOM steals $1.7mln meant for housing construction for rescue workers

The people responsible for this are under criminal investigation for exceeding official powers.

Head of EMERCOM Permanent Construction Administration Aleksandr Zhdanov and several his subordinates are defendants in a case over the embezzlement of 100 million rubles ($1.7 million) allocated for the construction of housing for EMERCOM employees outside of Moscow, according to the Moskva news agency’s police source.

It happened in 2012, according to the source. Zhdanov signed a 120-million-ruble ($2 million) contract with Stroyinvestproekt LLC CEO Vitaly Chernov. The contractor was to erect an apartment building with 52 flats in Zhukovsky, according to the document.

Officials, including Zhdanov, knew Chernov’s company was not allowed to implement the construction project, did not have a project statement and other necessary documents, according to investigators. However, the contractor still received 95.7 million rubles ($1.62 million) to never start the apartment building construction.

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