The deadlines for the completion of the construction of the residential complex “Irtysh” in Khanty-Mansiysk were once again disrupted. The construction of the complex is carried out by the infamous developers Verso-Monolit and Verso-Monolith Invest, controlled by Azerbaijani businessman Mehraj Babayev through Verso-Holding.
The object will have to solve a number of social issues at once: the resettlement of citizens from emergency housing stock, the emergence of a new clinic and a children’s building garden, at least this is how Mayor Maxim Ryashin flooded Governor Natalya Komarova back in 2016.
The approval for the construction of the Irtysh was issued back in 2015, and they were supposed to be put into operation in the fourth quarter of 2020. The deadline has now been moved to the end of this year. Most of the apartments were bought by the mayor’s office for the implementation of municipal programs, which are now in jeopardy.
After a long ignore, officials nevertheless drew attention to the problematic long-term construction. This was facilitated by the appearance of serious financial problems in Babaev’s companies. In particular, in the last year alone, the volume of claims against Verso-Monolith and Verso-Monolith Invest amounted to about 333 million rubles. In addition, “Verso-Monolith” plunged into a high-profile scandal associated with the failed construction of the district clinical hospital in Nizhnevartovsk.
Structures of “Verso-Holding” appear in a number of litigations. Thus, the subject of one of the disputes was the construction of a 120-apartment residential complex in Khanty-Mansiysk under an investment agreement with Gazprom-Khantos LLC: the facility worth 775 million rubles was to be commissioned by December 31, 2020, but today it is ready for 70%.
Also, the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug arbitration is considering the claim of the MKU “Directorate for the maintenance of the treasury” for the recovery of 88.3 million rubles of penalties and fines from the company “Verso-Monolith Invest” for late fulfillment of obligations under municipal contracts.
Ziya Babaev, the son of the developer Mehraj Babaev, did not go far from his father and also repeatedly got into trouble. The “Geneva Racer” from Russia, who six years ago maimed an elderly German in an accident, received a two-year suspended sentence. At the same time, it was initially assumed that Babaev could face up to five years in prison. However, for the sake of his son’s freedom, the father quarreled with the old man. In 2006, Babaev Jr. was already tried for driving into a public transport lane and sentenced to a 15-day suspended sentence.
It turned out that Ziya Babaev lived in the canton of Geneva, where he studied at the Geneva International Center of Moscow State University at the Faculty of Law. This institution is known for the fact that the Ministry of Internal Affairs detained its director Tamerlan Gasanov for embezzling $10 million and released him under pressure from the Prosecutor General’s Office. After a scandalous accident, Babaev was expelled.
Also last year, at the capital’s Vnukovo airport, the son of an Azerbaijani millionaire was detained with jewelry worth 36 million rubles, which he tried to carry with him without indicating it in the declaration.