Police search house of State Energy Company Branch Director
Economic police are interested in documents regarding the connection of Priozersky District facilities to the power grid.
St. Petersburg Police have started searches for criminal cases opened by the General Investigation Administration of the Russian Interior Ministry at the end of February and early March 2016 under art. 159 para. 4 of the Criminal Code. The charges are - large scale fraud during construction works at the time of connecting facilities to the power grid in Priozersky District, Leningrad Region.
The two contracts, which were concluded between the companies Vyborg Electric Networks and Vendelin in 2013, were to ensure technological connection of the facilities in Priozersky District of the Leningrad Region to the power grid. According to investigators, this did not happen: Vendelin hired a subcontractor, Stroyenergomontazh Severo-Zapad, which failed to carry out those works. The total damage under the two contracts amounted to no less than 5.5 million rubles.
It was Alexander Letyagin, who led the branch of the Lenenergo subsidiary, Vyborg Electric Networks, at the time when the contract was concluded. Investigators believe that he paid not only for the unfinished work, but also for non-existent materials. In May 2016, the Vendelin Company, at that time under the leadership of Alexander Krutikov, was declared bankrupt. Now it is in the process of liquidation.
Alexander Letyagin currently manages the Interregional Distribution Grid Company (IDGC) – an electricity transmitter in the North-West of Russia, which is a part of state corporation Rossetti. The latter owns 55.38% of the net value of IDGC, whose authorized capital is estimated at more than 9.5 billion rubles.
The searches are now carried out in Priozersk, in the office of the Vendelin Company’s subcontractor, Stroyenergomontazh Severo-Zapad, the Fontanka newspaper reported. The inspections are not related to Letyagin’s current work in IDGC.
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