The Basmanny Court of Moscow issued a decision on the arrest of the head of LLC “Petersburg Renaissance” Ivan Orynchuk and ex-employee of the company Oksana Orynchuk. They are charged with embezzlement while working under contracts with the Federal Security Service (FSO) for repair and restoration work in the Kremlin, Kommersant reports.
In 2018, the company signed contracts with the FSO for repair and restoration work in the Tsarskaya, Nabatnaya, Konstantinino-Eleninskaya, Beklemishevskaya, Petrovskaya, Armory, Komendantskaya, Taynitskaya, Vodovzvodnaya and Borovitskaya towers of the Moscow Kremlin. According to the investigation, after receiving the advance, the leadership of the Petersburg Renaissance stole more than 70 million rubles from it.
Kommersant, 11/11/2022, “The businessman was reminded of the advance payment for restoration”: According to the TFR, brother and sister stole more than 70 million rubles. from advance payments received under contracts with the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSO). […] Arguing for the request for arrest, the investigator said that Ms. Orynchuk was charged with a serious crime – especially large-scale fraud (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). […]
Insisting on the arrest of Oksana Orynchuk, the investigator indicated that she was familiar with the witnesses – employees of the FSO and could influence their testimony, she was originally from Ukraine, where she visited relatives, and had the opportunity to hide from the investigation there. The representative of the TFR added that the involvement of the accused in the crime is confirmed by the testimony of two witnesses, and she herself, being engaged in accounting at the LLC, drew up payment documents and could not help but know about the theft. […]
Oksana Orynchuk did not speak, entrusting the presentation of her position to a lawyer. In turn, Inna Chergina stated that the investigation did not provide evidence of her client’s involvement in the crime. […] While working in the Kremlin, she simply followed the instructions of Ivan Orynchuk, the lawyer noted. Ms. Chergina added that the defendant had to take out not only a mortgage for housing, but even loans for a washing machine and furniture, which indicates that she did not steal any budget funds. — Inset K.ru
Ivan Orynchuk pleaded not guilty. He points out that contracts worth 400 million rubles. already in May 2019 were terminated by the customer. The investigation insists that the defendants in the case knew about the unstable financial situation of their company already at the time of the conclusion of the contracts. According to the businessman, he was the victim of a slander by a man who himself wanted to get a contract.
Orynchuk until that moment was busy with restoration work in Mariupol. The investigator asked to attach to the case a certificate stating that his arrest would not affect the course of restoration work. The defense insisted on the opposite: the lawyer asked the defendant to sign a written undertaking not to leave so that he could continue working in Mariupol. The defense claims that 1.5 million rubles. in cash confiscated from Ivan Orynchuk during his arrest, he was taking workers to Mariupol, since banks and ATMs do not work there. […]
Orynchuk then declaredthat the restoration will be completed exactly on time – by the end of 2016. In fact, the object was commissioned only at the end of 2019. However, Dmitry Medvedev was satisfied result: “The result is really very good. I even feel a certain pride that this work has been done.”
And in 2017, Petersburg Renaissance received another major government contract. According to him, Orynchuk’s company was to carry out the restoration of the Kremlin towers in Moscow (including the Borovitskaya tower, through which the president enters and leaves). The amount of the contract was over 700 million rubles.
In May 2018 Ivan Orynchuk in interview with RIA Novosti, as in the case of the New Jerusalem Monastery, said that the object would be commissioned on time. “Everything is on schedule. We don’t have any stops,” said Orynchuk. The customer of the work was the Capital Construction Department of the Engineering and Technical Support Service of the Federal Security Service (SITO FSO) of the Russian Federation. In September 2018, Orynchuk gave a bribe in the amount of 700 thousand rubles to an employee of this department Alexei Golokhvostov “for assistance in the smooth signing of acts of work performed.” Subsequently, the court sentenced Golokhvostov to 11 years in prison. In addition to money from Orynchuk, he was also charged with accepting a bribe for hiding the violations of another contractor during a counter on the territory of the presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo.
At that time, the investigation had no complaints against Orynchuk himself. However, already in 2019, the contract for the restoration of the Kremlin towers with the Petersburg Renaissance was terminated. The reason is stated as follows: “To date, none of the objects that are the subject of the Contract have been completed and are not actually being carried out. There are no basic building materials and equipment necessary for the work, and there is also a lack of labor resources. Moreover, in March 2022, the Moscow Arbitration Court ruled to recover more than 90 million rubles of debt and a penalty under the contract with the SITO FSO from Petersburg Renaissance.
Payroll debts and criminal case
“[Орынчуки] run a restoration business in St. Petersburg. They lure our people there. They promise them a thousand dollars a month, housing for free, linen for free. But food is not provided. They are fooling, fooling my fellow countrymen!”, says the man in videowhich appeared on YouTube in March 2019.
The author of the video accuses Ivan Orynchuk and his business partners, members of his family, of deceiving workers from Ukraine who come to work in St. Petersburg and get jobs in their firms. According to the author of the video, the Orynchuks in Russia buy land and apartments with the money of “compatriots whom you fooled.”
“The hour will come, and we will take everything and give it to those people whom you, Orynchuks, pi **** sy, deceived!”, The author of the video threatened the director of the Petersburg Renaissance.
The indignation of the man captured on the video is by no means unfounded. The websites of the courts of Moscow and St. Petersburg contain information about more than 20 lawsuits filed against the Petersburg Renaissance in 2019-2021 and related to non-payment of wages to former employees of the company. Many of them satisfied.
In addition, at the end of June 2022, the prosecutor’s office approved the indictment against the former director of the “Petersburg Renaissance” Oksana Orynchuk (Ivan Orynchuk’s sister), who is accused in a criminal case of non-payment of wages (part 2, article 145.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) to eight employees of the company in the period from 2018 to 2019. “At the same time, the enterprise had a financial opportunity. The total amount of debt amounted to more than 2.3 million rubles, – noted in the department.
Where that money went, one can only guess. It is possible that the author of the video mentioned above turned out to be right. According to Rosreestr, in 2014, Ivan Orynchuk’s wife Olga Svyatets, at that time the director of the Petersburg Renaissance, acquired a private house in an elite club village in the Istra district of the Moscow region. It is located 40 km from the Moscow Ring Road along New Riga. House of 313 sq. meters in the Sokolniki business-class settlement costs, judging by the market prices in this place, no less than 26 million rubles. In August 2019, Svyatets sold it.
In addition, in St. Petersburg, Ivan Orynchuk has an apartment with an area of 124 sq.m in the business class building of the residential complex “House on Nizhne-Kamenskaya”. The cost of the apartment is estimated at about 25 million rubles. She is registered with the businessman’s wife Olga Svyatets. […]
Currently, the database of bailiffs contains information about two active enforcement proceedings opened against Ivan Orynchuk. In May 2020, a postscript appeared next to one of them: the proceedings were terminated due to the fact that the debtor was declared insolvent (Article 46, Part 1, Clause 4 of the Law “On Enforcement Proceedings”). In addition, in the Arbitration Court of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region a lawsuit is being considered Ivan Orynchuk on the bankruptcy of an individual. Petersburg Renaissance accounts are partially blocked. Two lawsuits have been filed against the company to declare it bankrupt, and they are now being considered in the courts.
In Mariupol Orynchuk, in my own words, is busy restoring the Oktyabrsky district. Among the objects to be restored are the Philharmonic, the children’s center, theatre, parks and other infrastructure…