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.
For three years already, the investigation is trying, without much success, to clamp down on the Head of the St. Petersburg Subway. The last criminal case instituted against Vladimir Garyugin for abuse of official powers has been dismissed in 2017. However, this year, the Investigative Committee decided to gain revenge – Garyugin has been charged with exceeding of official powers.
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.