Former head of construction company working on Kresty-2 suspected of appropriating almost $1m released on $52.000 bail

Former head of construction company working on Kresty-2 suspected of appropriating almost $1m released on $52.000 bail
Viktor Kudrin

The decision was taken by Petrogradsky District Court of St. Petersburg.

Petrogradsky District Court of St. Petersburg granted the investigation’s petition and released Viktor Kudrin, the former CEO of the company GSK, on $ 52 000 bail, RBC reports. Kudrin is accused of embezzlement and swindling – his company was engaged in the construction of the pre-trial detention center Kresty-2.

Earlier, Kudrin was under house arrest. According to the investigation, the former head of the company GSK appropriated 56.6 million (~1 million USD) of the 12.27 billion rubles (~214 million USD) allocated for the construction of the Kresty-2 isolator in Kolpino. The investigators believe that the work was not performed in full. Kudrin was accused of swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code) and embezzlement (part 4 of Art. 160 of the Russian Criminal Code).

According to the state contract and additional agreements concluded with the Federal Penitentiary Service for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, OJSC GSK was supposed to perform work on the construction of Kresty-2 from 2007 to 2015. Another person involved in the case of embezzlement and bribery during the construction of the isolator was ex-deputy head of the FSIN Nikolai Barinov. He is suspected of receiving bribes from contractors in the amount of more than 110 million rubles (~2 million USD). In November 2017, Barinov was arrested.

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