FSB detained owner of Kresty-2 general contractor in St. Petersburg

FSB detained owner of Kresty-2 general contractor in St. Petersburg
Viktor Kudrin

Viktor Kudrin, the owner of GSK company, which is the general contractor for the construction of Novye Kresty, was detained during a special operation of the FSB Department 'M'.

As reported by Fontanka, searches have been held in the country house of a suspect of embezzlement Kudrin and his company office. Documents important for the investigation have been seized.

The ICR Main Investigations Directorate in St. Petersburg has confirmed this information. In addition, it is reported about a criminal case initiated on the grounds of an offense under part 4 of Art. 160 of the Russian Criminal Code (Embezzlement).

According to investigation, the General Administration of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region and GSK OJSC concluded a state contract and supplementary agreements thereto for the period from 2007 to 2015 on the construction of a detention center in the town of Kolpino. The customer transferred to GSK’s settlement accounts more than 12 billion rubles as a payment for works in the terms stipulated by the contract.

However, as reported on the website of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in St. Petersburg, after violating the terms of the contract, Viktor Kudrin did not provide for  execution of the work in full, and embezzled 56.5 million rubles ($987.450).

It is known that Director General of GSK has been detained for two days; it is currently being decided on the preventive measures and charges.

Fontanka links the FSB operative activities to the recent murder of Head of the Department for Technical Control over the construction of Novye Kresty, Lieutenant Colonel Chernov and the detention of his immediate boss, Deputy Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service Administration for Capital Construction, Colonel Sergey Moiseenko, on suspicion of organizing his murder.

The construction of the new detention center Kresty-2, designed to accomodate 4 thousand persons under investigation, started in 2007. The terms of Kresty-2 commissioning was constantly rescheduled; the Federal Penitentiary Service Administration in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region has registered several lawsuits against GSK in arbitration court.

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