Major General Volosov is to retire
Sources of the CrimeRussia reported that the resignation of the director of the Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy), Major General Alexander Volosov, has been accepted.
Previously, the source told that Volosov had decided to resign after all his deputies became defendants in a corruption investigation. The case was initiated under Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling on an essentially large scale) against the Deputy Director of the Agency Alexander Buryakov. Later, another member of the Spetsstroy leadership was detained - Alexander Mordovets.
Buryakov was engaged in Spetsstroy projects developed at the Ministry of Defense orders, while Mordovets oversaw the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome. The press reported about multibillion thefts during its construction process.
It was reported that Volosov’s second Deputy Alexander Hodos and Alexander Zagorulko, who previously held the same office in Spetsstroy, would soon face trial.
The agency denied this information, pointing out that after Buryakov’s arrest, the management held a video conference, during which Volosov discussed "the issues of full compliance with the state contracts" with the heads of subordinate enterprises.
On July 7, the media reported about a corruption scandal in the agency, when Alexander Buryakov was placed under arrest. Prior to that, his workplace was searched, and the documents related to the maintenance of state contracts seized.
In recent years, Alexander Volosov, who was appointed head of Spetsstroy in 2013, has been carrying out a reform of the Federal Agency, which he repeatedly stated in the interviews. In the course of this reform, he claimed to downsize the administrative staff and refocus it on the construction of special facilities exclusively.
Among other things, Spetsstroy was engaged in the construction of military bases in the Arctic - at Cape Schmidt and on the Wrangel Island. Those works were carried out the agency’s contractor, RusAlyans Story, which failed to fully complete the construction and put the contract in jeopardy. After that, the heads of the contractor company were accused of fraud, which caused damage in the amount of about 250 million rubles, and placed under arrest.
Aqua business on Baikal. Chinese people to drink the unique lake to the lees? What does this have to do with Deripaska?
Following a request from the West-Baikal Interdistrict Environmental Prosecutor's Office, the Kirovsky District Court of Irkutsk has suspended the construction of a water bottling plant in Kultuk township, Slyudyanka district, pending the rectification of defects identified in the course of the inspection. The construction has been put on hold; the court has to make the final decision in two months. In the meantime, public activists and environmentalists are ringing alarm bells. An all-Russia public rally to protect Lake Baikal is scheduled to March 24; its program includes collection of signatures against the plant construction by AquaSib company belonging to Chinese investors. A day after the court decision, a fire occurred on Talovskie swamps in Kultuk – it must be noted that the main claims brought against the project owners pertain to these swamps. The CrimeRussia was figuring out what threats does the project pose to the lake and local environment, how was it approved, whether a ‘water competition’ is possible in the region, and what has oligarch Oleg Deripaska to do with this?