Security forces conduct searches and detentions over scam in construction of Putin's residency

Security forces conduct searches and detentions over scam in construction of Putin's residency
Ateks Federal State Unitary Enterprise (FSUE) is the largest security service contractor

Federal Security Service detained Ateks CEO and Stroykomplekt director suspecting them of embezzlement during construction works in Vladimir Putin’s residency in Novo-Ogaryovo.

Security forces have conducted a number of detentions over a scam during the construction of President Vladimir Putin’s official residency in Novo-Ogaryovo. According to the Fontanka, the FSB and the Investigative Committee detained Ateks CEO Andrey Kaminov in Moscow together with his ex-deputy Stanislav Kyuner. Security forces are raiding the Federal Unitary Enterprise, the largest contractor of the Federal Security Service (FSO).

The siloviki are also working in St. Petersburg’s office of Stroykomplekt, company related to Baltstroy. Stroykomplekt used to be a subcontractor of FSO’s developer. Police detained Dmitry Torchinsky, who had been its leader until he left in mid-February.

Law enforcement sources emphasize that the searches and detentions are linked to the case of money theft during the construction of so-called Object 53: Reception House in the official residence of the Russian President in Novo-Ogaryovo. The construction works in the Odintsovo district of the Leningrad region cost over $96m.

According to the Fontanka, the case against Kaminov and several subcontractors from St. Petersburg was initiated under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling on an especially large scale). The publication claims that the same investigator runs Kaminov’s case and Dmitry Mikhalchenko’s case.

Ateks FSUE became the largest contractor of the security service in the Caucasus after 2011. The enterprise accounted for more than half of all tenders, 9.3 billion rubles ($162m). Companies associated with Dmitry Mikhalchenko’s Forum Holding would get big contracts through the FSUE. For instance, Stroykomplekt got 848 million rubles ($14m) worth of subcontract works in 2015 alone. Ateks got seven out of ten greatest-value purchases: "Construction Of State Dacha No. 4, "Construction Of Fitness Center, "Reconstruction of FSO Main Office Bocharov Ruchey", construction and installation work on the object: "Coastal Territory Works: Construction Of Houses Of Stay And Fencing", "Construction Of Press Center", "Reconstruction Of Embankment" and the supply of radar and alarm systems.

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