Oganesyan’s case: investigators have no proofs of causing damage to budget of St. Petersburg
Actions of the former vice governor of St. Petersburg have caused a loss of 50 million rubles ($845 thousand) to the commercial organization Inzhtransstroy-SPb, investigators have found out.
The Investigative Committee of St. Petersburg has no proofs of causing damage to the budget the city by its vice governor Marat Oganesyan, Fontanka reports.
As a result, the special-purpose committee of St. Petersburg’s administration was brought out of the list of the victims in a criminal case over embezzlements during delivery of video boards. Instead of it the commercial organization Inzhtransstroy-SPb, which was a general contractor of Zenit Arena stadium and signed a contract with the Theatrical and Decorative Workshops (TDW) company, was recognized as a dissatisfied party. According to the investigators, Oganesyan laid down a condition to Inzhtransstroyu-SPb of transfer of 50 million ($845 thousand) as an advance payment to an account of TDW.
Earlier investigators believed that the stolen money was budgetary, however, now the Investigative Committee recognized the correctness of the businessmen who have earlier pointed to commercial character of the dispute.
Besides, it became known that Oganesyan's case is submitted under control of the Central office of the Investigative Committee. This became known on Monday, November 13, during consideration of the investigation’s petition for extension of arrest to Oganesyan. In particular, the investigation will be conducted by the senior special investigator of major crimes at the Chairman of the Committee Aleksander Halapov. Resolutions on withdrawal and acceptance to production were attached to the materials.
As Fontanka assumes, the transfer of the case could be connected with the sluggishness of the St. Petersburg investigators.
To recall, Marat Oganesyan was detained in November of last year. He is a defendant in the case over embezzlements of 50 million rubles ($845 thousand) during delivery of video boards for Zenit Arena. Last week the official admitted the guilt in embezzlements.
On September 21, kingpin Vladimir Vagin, aka Vagon, hanged himself. Two years earlier another thief in law Max Pioner also committed suicide. Vagon's lawyer does not believe in the version of suicide and intends to apply for a forensic medical examination.