The first section of Galich-Parfenyevo, according to the signed documents, should be almost 90% ready. On the spot it is clear that the pipe is really laid.
But instead of cleared clearings and access roads - deaf thickets. In place of the control and measuring points (instrumentation) there are water pits; these instrumentation instruments themselves were either not installed or were looted without supervision. According to the agreement, the pipe must have electrochemical protection (ECP) - this is a system in which a weak electric current is supplied to the special coating of the pipe, which prevents oxidation processes. No ECP is observed there. There are no signs of power supply.
In places, the pipe was laid directly in the swamp. This in itself is normal: the project stipulated that on heavily boggy sections of the route the pipe is laid directly in the water in a special protective concrete box. But, according to representatives of Omega subcontractors, no additional ducts were used during construction. There is no gas distribution station in Parfenyevo. Today in its place is a growing area. Nearby there is something similar to an unfinished house for the operator (without the provided garage), but local residents say that it was installed after the Omega left the project, who built it and why is not clear.
On the way between Parfenyevo and Ney, the pipe is lost. In order to establish exactly where, an all-terrain vehicle or a helicopter is needed. It’s impossible to drive through the overgrown clearing even on an SUV.
In Her, in addition to the gas distribution station, a repair and maintenance base was to appear: this is a rather serious construction with production workshops, a garage, a checkpoint with a barrier and its own diesel generator station. Despite the fact that Gazprom invest paid for such construction works, it is impossible to detect them. In their place is emptiness.
In Manturovo, the planned and paid gas distribution station was also not found, as well as the pipe itself. There is only an abandoned half-rotten sod road, a windbreak and a forest abandoned after deforestation.
How much paid
It is difficult to say exactly how much money was spent on the construction of a gas pipeline in the Kostroma region, and how much was spent in an unknown direction. According to a rough estimate, the cost of the work actually done by Omega may not exceed half of the paid 1.6 billion rubles.
According to experts, a pipe that was not in operation without electrochemical protection, laid five years ago in the ground (and in some places in a swamp), cannot be used to transport gas. The clearing, of course, remained, but after years it seems that it will have to be cleared again. And not only from the new growth, but also from the consequences of the barbaric methods of work. According to current standards, commercial wood after cutting down a clearing for industrial needs should be transferred to the Federal Property Management Agency, which sells it at auction. Felling residues should be disposed of. According to the documents, everything was done and even paid for. But on the route of the future gas pipeline are rotten logs, and in some places - impassable windbreak.
The man who escaped by firing was detained the next evening. It was Vitaly Ermolaev. But the most interesting thing happened in October 2018 in the Primorsky District Court of St. Petersburg, which considered the case of armed resistance to the police and, for some reason, the case of non-payment of salaries to Omega employees.
The police of the separate battalion of the PPSP Regional Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Primorsky district, Alexei Markov and Denis Lobaznyuk (not like the Moscow Rosgvardeytsy) showed surprising generosity. They filed motions asking them to dismiss the case against Ermolaev,
since the damage was compensated to them: the defendant, shooting at them, apologized. The prosecutor immediately supported the petition of the victims. And the judge dismissed the case, releasing the defendant from custody. The conviction, however, still took place: under the article on non-payment of salaries to employees of Omega. Ermolaev was awarded a fine of 100 thousand rubles.
True, a few days later the prosecutor promised to appeal the verdict and even appealed, but soon recalled the complaint. Novaya Gazeta asked the St. Petersburg prosecutor's office to comment on this position of the prosecution. There is no answer yet.
After initiating a criminal case on fraud, Ermolaev apparently did not visit the investigator on the summons and was put on the federal wanted list. Novaya contacted Ermolaev through one of the online forums on which he is registered. Ermolaev initially responded, but did not agree to a detailed conversation.
During the construction of the gas pipeline in the Leningrad Region, according to investigators, more than 800 million rubles were stolen. When building in the Kostroma region, judging by the missing, but paid for objects, about the same. The same amount could have been spent on laying the pipe, which has rusted for six years in the swamps near Galich. There is no one to recover this money from. Omega is in the process of being liquidated; no assets were left with the company.
Vitaly Ermolaev’s announcement on the wanted list allows the investigator to suspend the investigation until the accused is discovered, provided, of course, that Ermolaev single-handedly performed this operation under the nose of unsuspecting Gazprom Invest managers. Residents of Kostroma Oblast left without gas will probably have to send a messenger to the next press conference of the president.