Two suspects of embezzlement in construction of Putin’s residence released for testifying against accomplices
It was the investigators who requested changing the preventive measure to non-custodial detention. Head of Baltstroy Dmitry Sergeev has been charged with organizing a criminal community based on the testimony of Sergey Perevalov and Andrey Rodionov.
The preventive measure of two suspects in the case of embezzlement in the construction of Putin’s residence in Novo-Ogarevo has been changed to house arrest, Rosbalt reports citing a source in law enforcement bodies.
Heads of construction companies Sergey Perevalov and Andrey Rodionov have been charged only with one episode of the criminal case each. Both suspects began to actively cooperate with the investigation immediately after the arrest, and soon concluded pre-trial agreements.
After telling about all known criminal episodes, Rodionov and Perevalov testified about participation in fraudulent schemes of other defendants in the case. According to the investigation, suspects will not try to hide and interfere with the investigation while at large.
The source reported that it was Rodionov and Perevalov’s testimony, in particular, that allowed to charge Baltstroy Head Dmitry Sergeev with embezzlement and organization of a criminal community.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, the investigation believes that the criminal group that committed large-scale embezzlement during the construction of the Russian President’s residence in Novo-Ogarevo had been created by Dmitry Sergeev. August 28, the head of Baltstroy was sentenced to 4.5 years’ probation for another criminal case. The Kuybyshevo Court of St. Petersburg had recognized him guilty of embezzling more than 70 million rubles ($1.2 million) in the organization of restoration works of Manufacturer Aseev’s manor in the Tambov region, Pskov Drama Theater, and the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow.
In July 2017, the case of the construction of a Reception House in Novo-Ogarevo presidential residence was classified, since the information about these facilities represent a state secret. According to the investigation, a number of Ateks FSUE and Stroykomplekt heads had embezzled 227 million rubles ($3.95 million) during the construction of the so-called ‘facility No. 53’.
There are six defendants in this case under part 4 of Art. 159 and part 2 of Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code, including Head of Ateks FSUE Andrey Kaminov, his former first deputy Stanislav Kyuner, who had also made a deal with the investigation earlier, ex-Director of Stroykomplekt Dmitry Torchinsky, businessman Sergey Litvinov, and co-owners of Klimat Prof LLC – Sergey Perevalov and Aleksandr Rodionov. Andrey Kaminov, who is considered the main defendant in the case, denied his guilt during the investigation. Currently, all suspects are under arrest until November 21.
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