Several billion rubles scam related to Moscow metro discovered
So far, there are no participants in the embezzlement case.
According to REN TV, investigators of the capital city discovered a 35 billion rubles (roughly $50 million) scam related to Moscow’s Baumanskaya metro station that was was closed due to the capital master plan for 11 months in 2015.
The metro administration commenced a competition for emergency recovery works to make the metro station wind and water tight. In February, 2017, the contract was awarded to ZAO Triada Holding.
State unitary enterprise Moskovsky metropolitan (Moscow metropolitan) transfered the company 35 754 546,33 rubles stipulated by the contract. According to the report, all necessary works were carried out for 12 days only. In fact, no works were being carried out, at all.
In particular, the outcome of the ‘emergency recovery works’ was seams between the marble panels, and water still flows through it. By the way, such a state is particularly surprising in view of the fact that this metro station was closed due to the capital master plan for 11 months in 2015.
So far, there are no participants in the embezzlement case. However, the contract with ZAO Triada Holding is signed by a former head of metropolitan Dmitry Pegov.
Moreover, the investigators believe that 35 billion rubles is not a final amount of what was embezzled. It is possible that this company was also an intermediary that helped transfer public money to the con men during the period from 2013 and 2017. During this time period, the metropolitan was headed by Ivan Besedin and then Dmitry Pegov (resigned in May, 2017).
According to the data of SPARK-Interfax, in 2014, Zao Triada Holding received a 46 million rubles ($655 thousand) contract awarded to it by a state unitary enterprise Moskovsky metropolitan. In 2015, it was a 2.27 billion rubles ($29 million) contract (!). In 2016 - a 5.3 billion rubles ($73 million) one.
The authorities filed criminal charges of embezzlement of public funds under two articles - Embezzlement on an especially large scale and Negligence.