How the Russian president's residence was built

The Novo-Ogaryovo embezzlement construction case was censored in August 2017, but the case may contain information that can be considered a state secret. Alexandra Elagina looked into how to steal millions and become a criminal.
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On August 29, in the Kuybyshevskiy District Court of St. Petersburg, the head of Baltstroy JSC was sentenced to a "restorers' case" for embezzlement of objects of cultural and historical significance. The head of the company was punished four years on probation and a fine of 800,000 rubles.

But Sergeyev did not escape prison: immediately after the verdict was announced, FSB officers rushed into the court building and again detained the head of the company - this time for the embezzlement case during the construction of the presidential reception house in Novo-Ogarevo.

The embezzlement case totals 227.5 million rubles and was initiated in March 2017. Notable figures in this case are also the general director of FSUE "Ateks" Andrei Kaminov, his ex-deputy Stanislav Küner, as well as businessmen Dmitry Torchinsky, Sergei Litvinov, Alexander Rodionov and Sergei Perevalov.

Construction of President Vladimir Putin’s new residence in Novo-Ogaryovo began in 2012. On December 13, the Federal Security Service signed a contract with the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Ateks, a state company under the jurisdiction of the structure itself.

According to the documents, the design and construction of the building was slated to cost 5.7 billion rubles. It would include a garage, a hotel with a sports hall, a boiler room, a commandant's office, a technology hangar, a checkpoint and a reception house, called "object number 53".

The construction of a new reception house for the Russian President has cost double  for construction and infrastructure, Russiangate sources say. Thus, the total cost of the president’s new house is slightly less than the cost of the park "Zaryadye", opened on City Day in Moscow. The unfinished park is still estimated at costing 14 billion rubles.

FGUP "Ateks" is not the final executor of state orders. Like many other SOEs, it hired contractors to carry out work. "Stroifasad" CJSC was named the builder of "Object No. 53." On December 13, 2012, it also received a state contract from Ateks.

The presidential reception house was due to be completed in November 2014. Then in March 2015. And then the terms were again postponed for another year.

On February 21, 2017, the Moscow Arbitration Court ruled to recover 77.1 million rubles in penalties from FGUP Ateks. It turned out that the cost of uncompleted work was 2.4 billion rubles as of April 1, 2005. Also in the documents it is indicated that the work under the contract had been accepted, that is, all regulatory acts are certified by the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Ateks. But in fact the work was never finished.

"The parties confirmed that the signing of acts and the transfer of payment for them at the expense of the federal budget does not correspond to the works actually completed. The parties did not deny that in fact the work was done even less than stated in the lawsuit,” the documents said.

Where did the money go? According to a New Times source, StroyFasad worked through many affiliated "dirty firms," companies that exist only on paper.

"We were partially paid money from St. Petersburg, partly from StroyFasad, and partly from some other accounts," the source told The New Times in February 2016. - We always argued among ourselves how many firms were "garbage" at "facility number 53," 23 or 30. How much of everything - I do not know, maybe more. At the end of construction there was no money at all. Michelangelo needed to ask where they got to,” the said about financing the construction of a reception house in Novo-Ogaryovo.


The embezzlement criminal case at facility No. 53 was brought under art. 210, part 1 and part 2 (organization of the criminal community), art. 159, part 4 of the Criminal Code (fraud). It was called a vague amount, "not less than 227.5 million rubles."

The director of FSUE "Ateks" Andrei Kaminov’s, his former deputy Stanislav Küner and Dmitry Sergeyev, all longtime friends are the main characters of another criminal case, the so-called "case of the Ministry of Culture." The investigation believes that more than 100 million rubles were stolen during the restoration of the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow, the Cosmonautics Museum in Kaluga, the Ioanno-Predtechensky Monastery, the Drama Theater in Pskov, the Izborsk Fortress and the Fortress in Kaliningrad.

The founder of OOO StroyComplekt Dmitry Torchinsky and former director of StroyFasad CJSC Sergei Litvinov are involved in the construction of the  presidential reception house. Sergei Perevalov and Alexander Rodionov, owners of the company "Climate Prof" (founder - Cyprus company Wts Worldwide Trading Solutions Limited) were also arrested.

The organizer of the criminal association is the investigator planned to make Dmitry Mikhalchenko, a millionaire and '24-hour governor of St. Petersburg'. The head of the holding company Forum (Baltstroy was a member of the holding company), a partner of Nikolai Negodov, a FSB general in retirement. As Novaya Gazeta wrote, Mikhalchenko summed up their self-confidence, instead of leaving the country, he flew to Moscow to "understand,” where he was arrested for smuggling alcohol.

Now, there will be a new episode in the case for embezzlement during the construction of the official residence of Prime Minister Medvedev, "Gorki-9".

In May, the head of the FSO, Evgeny Murov, quietly retired. He is unlikely to charge anyone.


The head of FSO was Dmitry Kochnev, former head of the presidential security service. Andrei Kondyukov came to Kaminov in the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Ateks and earlier he acted as the general director of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Departmental Protection of Industrial Facilities of Russia (owned by the Federal Property Management Agency and the Ministry of Industry and Trade).

Over the past 12 months, FSUE Ateks received orders for 1.2 billion rubles, an amount that is incomparable with damage to the budget indicated in criminal cases. Many of the claims of companies to the state enterprise are related to non-fulfillment of obligations under contractual agreements - including works at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire Tchaikovsky.

However, at the same time, the state-owned company received billions of state contracts for the construction and restoration of buildings. For example, the design and reconstruction of the spire and decorative architectural elements of the facades of the central part of the Russian Foreign Ministry will cost 1 billion rubles. 

Among the customers appeared Roskosmos 4 billion rubles worth a contract for the "reconstruction and technical re-equipment of the stand base." Ateks continues on the restoration of the Conservatory which 3.3 billion rubles are allocated in 2017.