Dmitry Mikhalchenko charged with being OCC leader, its members – with final indictment
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.
The Investigative Committee has filed a final indictment against the defendant in the high-profile criminal case of large-scale embezzlement committed during the construction and repair of the presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo. Former Head of Ateks FSUE under the Federal Protective Service, Andrey Kaminov, the top managers of Stroyfasad (part of Baltstroy) – Stanislav Kyuner and Sergey Litvinov – as well as ex-Director of Stroykomplekt Dmitry Torchinsky and entrepreneur Sergey Perevalov have been charged with Creation of a Criminal Community (OCC, Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code) and Misappropriation committed by an organized group on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 160 of the Russian Criminal Code). Head of the Engineering Support Service of the Federal Protective Service, Igor Vasilyev, has been charged with misappropriation only, Kommersant reports. It is noteworthy that initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling (Art. 159). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to fraud. As previously reported by The CrimeRussia’s sources, St. Petersburg oligarch and Head of Forum Holding, Dmitry Mikhalchenko, got the role of the OCC leader. Tomorrow, the defendants and their lawyers are to begin to familiarize with the case materials.
The original criminal case against Mikhalchenko of smuggling elite alcohol under the guise of a sealant was merged with the case of theft of budget funds during the construction and repair of facilities on the territory of the presidential residence in Novo-Ogarevo. Especially since ICR Investigator for the Major Crimes Unit, Sergey Novikov, was in charge of both cases.
In December 2012, the Federal Protective Service concluded a 5.7-billion-ruble ($85.3 million) contract with Ateks FSUE for the construction of the presidential residence in Novo-Ogarevo, the investigation believes. Ateks attracted Stroyfasad and Stroykomplekt from Sergeev and Mikhalchenko’s Baltstroy Group of Companies as subcontractors.
The work on the site was to be completed in November 2014. However, even a year after that, the construction was not completed.
Part of the money from the state budget allocated for the construction was distributed to fly-by-night companies and embezzled by Dmitry Mikhalchenko's accomplices. They are Head of Ateks FSUE Andrey Kaminov, his former deputy Stanislav Kyuner, businessmen Dmitry Torchinsky, Sergey Litvinov, and Sergey Perevalov, and Aleksandr Rodionov. Later, Dmitry Sergeev was also taken in custody. At the same time, the fact that some of the crime participants have never met each other is not an obstacle to the investigation. After learning about his new role as leader of the crime community, the billionaire demanded face-to-face confrontation, which, of course, did not take place. There are many weirdnesses in the indictment – in particular, in 2011, the defendants in the case allegedly knew that Vladimir Putin would become president in a year, and then the decision on the reconstruction of the Novo-Ogarevo residence would be taken. Also, it seems that the defendants also foresaw various coefficients for work.
It should be noted that since the beginning of the investigation, the amount of the embezzled state funds has unexpectedly increased. Initially, the arrested businessmen had been charged with several episodes of embezzlement in the amount of 225 million rubles allocated from the budget for the construction of the Reception House of the Presidential Residence in 2013-2015. By 2018, the damage increased to 1.5 billion rubles.
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