Police officers are conducting searches in St. Petersburg in connection with a case of fraud during the construction of a stadium on Krestovsky Island, two sources in the St. Petersburg administration said and confirmed by Inzhtransstroy-SPB (the construction contractor). Operational and investigative measures are taking place in the premises of the St. Petersburg Construction Committee, in a pavilion on the territory of the stadium, a representative of Inzhtransstroy-SPB said. “According to our information, the events are related to the contract for the arrangement of artistic lighting of the stadium, which the committee concluded with Stroyelektromontazh No. 5,” he added. The Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region has not yet provided a comment. The construction committee does not comment on the searches.
The St. Petersburg administration appealed to law enforcement agencies at the end of 2015 to check several subcontractors of the Inzhtransstroy-SPB corporation on suspicion of fraud related to the supply of equipment to the stadium under construction, said a representative of the vice-governor’s office Igor Albin. According to her, the statement of officials referred to five companies, one of which is SEM No. 5, which supplied lighting equipment to the stadium. EMS No. 5 has not yet responded to Vedomosti’s request.
According to Fontanka.ru, SEM No. 5, having received advances in the amount of 180 million rubles, provided documents confirming the purchase of lamps for 101 million rubles. from “SEM komplekt” (until October 2015 belonged to the director of SEM # 5 Vasily Slivkin). Sources of the publication claim that in reality 27 million rubles were spent on equipment.
Moscow EMS No. 5 won the competition for lighting the stadium for 347 million rubles. in March 2015, when Marat Oganesyan was the vice-governor of St. Petersburg. He personally supervised the construction of the stadium. Hovhannisyan might have known CEM # 5 for the reconstruction of the Bolshoi Theater and the construction of the second stage of the Mariinsky Theater, in which the company took part. Oganesyan then headed the Federal State Budgetary Institution “North-Western Directorate for Construction, Reconstruction and Restoration” and the Federal State Budgetary Institution Directorate for Construction, Reconstruction and Restoration of the Ministry of Culture, which were engaged in the construction of these facilities.
According to the contract, the contractor had to install the lighting by December 15, 2015. In March 2016, the construction committee terminated the contract with EMS No. 5 due to a delay in work. EMS No. 5 managed to receive 189 million rubles, according to materials on the public procurement website. In March, the contractor tried to challenge the unilateral withdrawal from the contract, but the court returned the application. EMS No. 5 in the winter stopped paying for work to subcontractors, the company explained this by the beginning of the process of its own liquidation, says the manager of one of the partner companies of EMS No. 5. According to SPARK-Interfax, EMS No. 5 was filed for 2015-2016. 43 claims with general claims for RUB 302 million.