Zenit-Arena's case of embezzlement: defendant received award from Putin
Accomplice of Marat Oganesyan Grigory Popov was awarded the Order of Friendship.
Defendant in the case of swindling in the construction of the stadium on Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg Grigory Popov was awarded the Order of Friendship. The award was handed over to Director of the Alexandrinsky Theatre Popov personally by Governor of the Leningrad Region Georgy Poltavchenko. A decree awarding the director of the theater was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Note that the Order of Friendship is awarded for special merits in the promotion of peace, activity in the preservation and promotion of cultural and historical heritage, extensive charity work.
Meanwhile, Grigory Popov is a defendant in a criminal case of 50 million rubles embezzlement in the construction of the stadium Zenit-Arena on Krestovsky Island. According to investigators, he acted as a representative of Theatrical Decorative Workshops (TDM). In 2014, former Deputy Governor of the Leningrad region Marat Oganesyan illegally contracted TDM as a subcontractor to the construction of the stadium, which concluded a contract for the supply of video screens for the stadium with Transstroy. As a result, the money was paid, and obligation was not filfilled. The investigation suggests that when Oganesyan transferred money to the contractor's account, it was siphoned off by one-day companies. Grigory Popov assured in an interview to Fontanka that for the past three years he had nothing to do with TDM and had never previously been employed there. However, the person involved in the case, who allegedly did not represent the interests of the company, was in the course of the 50-million-ruble contract's details. Popov has his own version of TDM's non-return of an advance. According to him, the money was transferred credit upon another contract – supplying of trucks for the sliding roof. However, under this contract work was not performed, and money was not returned.
Defendants in the case of swindling also are former First Deputy Chairman of the Construction Committee of the St. Petersburg Administration Alexander Yanchik and two employees of TDM - Artem Kuspits and Elena Kovaleva. Kuspits was placed into custody, and Popov, Yanchik and Kovaleva are actively cooperating with the investigation.
By the way, 25 different companies, which submitted more than 30 claims in the Arbitration Court of St. Petersburg, have the material claim to TDM.