Former Rostov Region construction minister Bezuglov taken into custody
According to investigators, he replaced the sand type with a cheaper one when preparing the stadium for the World Cup.
The Leninsky District Court of Rostov-on-Don took the former Minister of Construction of the Rostov Region, Nikolay Bezuglov, suspected of abuse of authority, into custody until May 28, TASS reports. Due to the ex-official’s connivance, the improvement contractor at the Rostov-Arena stadium replaced top sand sand with cheaper fine sand.
At the request of Bezuglov’s lawyer the trial was held behind closed doors. The ex-official was sent to a pre-trial detention facility for two months, as well as the second defendant - the director of the contractor company called Rostovoblstroyzakazchik, Sergey Mishchenko. The damage they caused was estimated at 223 million rubles ($ 3,4 million).
As Bezuglov said at the hearing, he is now working at the MKTs Roseurodevelopment LLC, which built the five-star Hyatt Regency Don-Plaza-Rostov congress hotel in Rostov-on-Don for the 2018 World Cup. However, the hotel was later excluded from the championship preparation program.