Mikhalchenko and FSO generals suspected of embezzlement during Kremlin wall reconstruction
The case of fraud during the repair of the Russian President's residence in Novo-Ogarevo is not the last for the businessman and senior FSO employees.
As part of the investigation of embezzlement during the reconstruction of the Russian President's residence in Novo-Ogarevo (the Baltstroy case), three other special facilities remain on the hook of investigators - Red Square, 5 (a complex of buildings on the main square of the country); Gorki-9 (residence of the Prime Minister) and Vorobyovy Gory (dachas and receptions houses for the highest officials of the state and visiting leaders of other countries visiting Moscow). Also, according to Rosbalt sources, an audit over the possible embezzlement at the reconstruction of the Kremlin is ongoing. The amount of damage has yet to be established.
Currently, the defendants of the Baltstroy case are charged only on the fact of thefts at the construction site in Novo-Ogaryovo. Former head of FSUE Ateks under the Federal Security Service (FSO) Andrey Kaminov and second co-owner of Baltstroy Dmitry Sergeev, top managers of Stroyfasad (part of Baltstroy) Stanislav Kuner and Sergey Litvinov, as well as ex-director Stroykomplekt Dmitry Trachinsky and businessman Sergey Perevalov are accused of creating an organized criminal community (Article 210 of the Criminal Code) and embezzlement committed as part of an organized group in a particularly large amount (part 4 of Article 160 of the Criminal Code). The head of the Engineering and Technical Support Service (SITO) of the FSO, Major-General Igor Vasiliev, and head of the SITO FSO department Ulitin are charged with embezzlement. Note that the defendants were accused of swindling (Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). In the final version of the charge, the article was changed to embezzlement. As The CrimeRussia previously reported, head of the holding Forum Dmitry Mikhalchenko was the gang leader.
The defendants and their lawyers began to review the case materials.
During the reconstruction of the President's residence, Baltstroy overstated the prices for installed air conditioning systems. All this resulted in the damage of 225 million rubles ($3.2m). Later FSO introduced increased coefficients for the work of builders, so Baltstroy earned more than 1.2 billion rubles. The total damage amounted to 1.5 billion rubles ($21.8m), which the investigation recognized as the amount of damage.
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