A criminal case was opened against Vladimir Gagyurin, the Saint Petersburg Metro head, on the allegation of Abuse of Official Power.
Vladimir Garyurin, the Saint Petersburg Metro head, and other people abused their official powers and acted at the expense of the Metro’s lawful interests, pursuing those of their own and some other people when entering into an investment agreement for construction of the Admiralteyskaya metro station land entrance hall, according to investigators.
The St Petersburg budget suffered a loss of 466 million rubles as a result.
The investigators searched homes of several Metro employees and some of the Metro offices in the framework of the investigation. They confiscated items and documents concerned with the project implementation, as well as large sums of Russian and foreign money.
The case was opened in the wake of inspections carried out by the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation in November 2015.
The court allowed the State Unitary Enterprise St. Petersburg Metro (SUE) not return 466 million rubles spent on the construction of Admiralteiskaya station hall to the budget. Garyugin’s lawyer intends to terminate the case on the basis of this court decision.
In July 2016 the Arbitration Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region took a landmark decision in this story. The Court rejected the statement of claim of the Saint Petersburg Metro State Unitary Enterprise, confirming the legitimacy of the Chamber of Control and Accounts’ claims for compensation for damage in the amount of 466 million rubles caused to the budget of St. Petersburg.