Kaliningrad ex-Minister arrested for embezzlement during Arena-Baltika stadium construction

Kaliningrad ex-Minister arrested for embezzlement during Arena-Baltika stadium construction

Amir Kushkhov and two other persons involved in the criminal case were detained after the offices of Summa Group’s subsidiaries and Kaliningrad Regional Administration had been searched.

Amir Kushkhov, the former Minister of Construction in the Kaliningrad region, has been arrested in Moscow, reported Moscow Tverskoy District Court.

Sergey Tribunsky, the regional Deputy Head of construction supervision, and Khachim Eristov, the GlobalElectroservis top manager, were also arrested under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling committed by a group of persons by previous concert).

According to a law enforcement source, the detainees are suspected of involvement in embezzlement of funds during the construction of Arena-Baltika stadium in Kaliningrad for 2018 World Cup.

The suspects were arrested in connection with the searches carried out last week by the Department of Economic Security and Countering Corruption of Ministry of Internal Affairs in GlobalElectroServis, a subsidiary of Summa Group belonging to Ziyavudin Magomedov. The operational activities were also held in the Kaliningrad Regional Administration and Regional Directorate for Capital Construction (State Institution). The police reportedly seized documents during the searches.

As the CrimeRussia reported on June 30, the operational activities were related to the criminal case of overstating the amount of works performed when preparing the construction site for the stadium in Kaliningrad. Summa’s subsidiary won a tender worth 785 million rubles ($13.3m) for preparing the site for the stadium. The authorities were dissatisfied with the quality of the work and turned to court trying to force the contractor to fulfill its obligations. According to the investigation, some of the funds allocated for the construction of the stadium could have been stolen through savings on construction materials.

Amir Kushkhov served as Minister of Construction in the Kaliningrad Region from September 2015 till December 2016. The official resigned after an audit of the regional control bodies that revealed a low level of organization of the entire range of works at construction sites on the part of the Ministry of Construction.

According to Tverskoy Court’s website, Kushkhov's lawyers have already appealed the court's decision to imprison the official.

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