Head of housing fund contractor detained in KhMAD
General Director of Stroitelno-promyshlenny kombinat ('Construction and Industrial Plant') LLC Eduard Lushnikov was detained February 4 in Nizhnevartovsk on suspicion of committing crimes under several articles of the Criminal Code.
According to Kommersant citing the press service of the ICR Investigations Directorate for the Khanty-Manssiysk Autonomous District, Lushnikov is charged with part 1 of Art. 201 (Abuse of Authority), part 1 and 2 of Art. 145.1 (Non-payment of Salaries), part 2 of Art. 199.1 (A Tax Agent's Failure to Discharge His/Her Duties), and Art. 315 of the Russian Criminal Code (Non-execution of a Court's Judgement). According to investigators, the aggregate amount of damage caused by Lushnikov is estimated at more than 327 million rubles.
As the investigative bodies report, in 2015, Lushnikov did not pay salary to employees of SPK for several months. The debt to more than 400 employees of the plant reached 60 million rubles. In addition, in the period from June 2015 to October 2016, Eduard Lushnikov failed to pay taxes on income from business activity of natural persons exceeding 48 million rubles.
When the local management of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation tried to suspend the operations on the company's accounts, Lushnikov withdrew 157 million rubles of insurance premiums and forwarded them to the current financial and economic activity. Moreover, Lushnikov has not implemented the decision of the Khanty-Manssiysk Autonomous District Court on payment of 62-million-ruble debt to one of the commercial organizations.
The court session on the election of preventive measure for the former SPK director will be held on February 6. Investigators ask the court to conclude the defendant under arrest.
In January 2017, the Arbitration Court of the Khanty-Manssiysk Autonomous District declared SPK LLC bankrupt and introduced a monitoring procedure in relation to the company. SPK is one of the contractors of the housing development district fund Zhylishche ('Housing') (the founder of which is the Government of the Khanty-Manssiysk Autonomous District). According to the outlet, the company had previously won a tender for the construction of several residential complexes in Nizhnevartovsk.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).