Transparency International criticized recent Smolny's statements on Zenit-Arena's cost

Transparency International criticized recent Smolny's statements on Zenit-Arena's cost

The anti-corruption center states that the difference between the declared and actual cost of the project is about 6.2 billion rubles.

Head of the St. Petersburg Transparency International anti-corruption center Dmitry Sukharev pointed to the shortage of several billion rubles in the official estimates of Zenit-Arena. According to him, the difference between the declared value and the actual project is about 6.2 billion rubles.

“It has been already paid 47.9 billion rubles (1.3 billion dollars). And the amount could reach (and most likely in the near future to reach) 50.6 billion rubles," he wrote in his Facebook.

On the eve, the press service of the St. Petersburg Construction Committee said that, to date, the estimated cost of the project amounts to 41.712 billion rubles. It is noted that the assessment ha already included two December contract with Metrostroy on 3 billion rubles. The amount accounted the cost of landscaping of the adjacent territory, and access control area, including security. The Committee noted that funds for the adaptation of the stadium for the World Cup 2018 have been included into budget and composed almost 1.9 billion rubles.

Sukharev presented same evidence in the table, which includes all known contracts for the construction of the stadium from 2006 to 2016.

He had previously reported that the real value of Zenit-Arena stadium in St. Petersburg is more than 50 billion rubles. The arena is built since 2007. The initial cost of construction was amounted to 6.7 billion rubles. The stands can accommodate 67800 spectators.

At the end of December 2016 ,the authorities announced the completion of the construction of the stadium on Krestovsky island. However, the deadline of opening Zenit-Arena was extended till March 31, 2017.

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