As it became known to Kommersant, the Tagansky District Court of Moscow on Tuesday found guilty of embezzlement of 7 million rubles. an official of the Ministry of Sports Antonin Kuznetsov and the ex-head of ANO “Arena-2018” Oleg Galay, who involved an unemployed lady and a male manager of a fashion house in the design of stadiums. […]
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TASS, 03.03.2021, “The court placed under house arrest the deputy head of the department of the manager of the Ministry of Sports for embezzlement”: According to information posted on the website of the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation, Antonina Mikhailovna Kuznetsova works as deputy director of the department for managing affairs and control of this department. — Inset K.ru
RIA Novosti, 03/03/2021, “The court sent the deputy director of the department of the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation under house arrest”: The website of the ministry indicates that in 2014 Kuznetsova was awarded the gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation for her professional activities. — Inset K.ru
Recall that ANO “Arena-2018” was established by the Ministry of Sports of Russia in 2012, shortly after the country won the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The organization’s general director, Galai, was then given the task of supervising the construction of football stadiums, for which multi-billion sums were allocated from the budget.
Kommersant.Ru, 01/29/2021, “The Arena turned out to be wasteful”: It should be noted that JSC Arena-2018 was created in 2012 by the Russian Ministry of Sports, after our country, bypassing the applications of England and Spain-Portugal in late 2010, and the Netherlands-Belgium, won the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A number of leaders changed in ANO, and Oleg Galai was at one time listed as deputy general director, and then headed the organization. Her main task was to erect temporary structures and supervise the construction of football stadiums in Moscow, Sochi, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd and Yekaterinburg. Multi-billion sums were allocated for this from the budget.
The construction was not easy, and Arena-2018 was involved in numerous arbitration proceedings, during which it was also a plaintiff, but still more often a defendant. Among his opponents were, among others, the Kazan PSO “Kazan” businessman Ravil Ziganshin and again, the Ministry of Sports organization FSUE “Sport-engineering”. — Inset K.ru
According to investigators, the 70-year-old official Kuznetsova, who had worked in the ministry for 40 years, decided to take advantage of the situation. Using the accumulated authority and connections, she allegedly persuaded the director Galai to fictitiously employ two people close to her personally, but equally distant from the construction of stadiums, Alexander Kuznetsov and Svetlana Ruleva, at the Arena. According to the TFR, these two were listed in the ANO from October 2017 to June 2019, received about 7 million rubles during this time. as a salary, giving most of this amount to Antonina Kuznetsova. The employees of the TFR opened the financial scheme with “dead souls” at the beginning of last year, accusing the entire company of especially large embezzlement (part 4 of article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). […]
Meanwhile, the Tagansky District Court, which already considered the criminal case on the merits, as it turned out, listened to the arguments of the defenders of Mr. Galai, Oleg Karetnikov and Artur Batdalgadzhiev. As lawyer Karetnikov explained to Kommersant, they proved to the court that their principal had no mercenary interest in hiring “dead souls”, and with the salary given to Messrs. Rulyova and Kuznetsov, in fact, he paid for the exclusive services provided to his organization by sports functionary Antonina Kuznetsova. In the conditions of severe time pressure, the most experienced specialist of the Ministry of Sports organized for stadium designers the implementation of the so-called closed section of projects related to ensuring the safety of foreign delegations and top officials of the country at mass sporting events. […]
As a result, the Tagansky court, one might say, agreed with the lawyers Karetnikov and Batdalgadzhiev. Although in the verdict the four defendants were recognized as embezzlers, they were actually released from punishment. Mrs. Kuznetsova received six years in prison with a suspended sentence, and the rest, respectively, five years of probation. […]
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