MOSCOW, September 10 (Itar-Tass) —— Over 20 million roubles were misappropriated from the budget in the run-up to the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010, a source in the Russian Investigation Committee told Itar-Tass on Monday.
“During the investigation in the criminal case into the illegal activities of the founder of the Europroject limited liability company Dmitry Artyukhovsky and his three accomplices the evidence of new crimes was found over the budget misappropriation of more than 20 million roubles, which the centre of sport training of the Russian national teams owned,” the source said.
The detectives found that in 2008 Artyukhovsky involved Valery Uskov, Artyom Yefimtsev and Andrei Kiselev in budget misappropriation. “In 2009-2010 they framed up the services to process the visa documents for athletes of the Russian national teams and the services of the information and technical support of sport events, so, they misappropriated over 20 million roubles, providing deliberately false acts for the works done to the state contractor that is the centre of sport training,” the source said.
Artyukhovsky, Uskov, Yefimtsev and Kiselev were charged under Article 159 Part 4 of the Criminal Code for a massive fraud committed by the organized criminal group. Artyukhovsky and Kiselev are also accused of money laundering.
The defendants were put on recognizance not to leave the city and to conduct properly. The investigation will be completed soon and the litigating parties will begin to study the case files.
Meanwhile, two criminal cases over misappropriation of over 206 million roubles during the run-up to the Vancouver Olympics-2010 were terminated over no corpus delicti, the source said.
So, during the investigation into the budget misappropriation criminal case over the materials, which an audit inspection carried out by the Audit Chamber exposed, the detectives found that in 2008 the Europroject Company actually arranged for sport events under the common sport calendar schedule. At the end of the year the company produced the necessary documents, which verified budget spending. Meanwhile, the company lacked the financial documents for more than 200 million roubles.
“Then this fact gave reasons to open a criminal case against Europroject Director General Valery Uskov, but during the investigation the detectives found that the budget funds were not misappropriated, and later the funds were brought back to the centre of sport training of the Russian national teams, the enforcement proceedings were instituted over 4.7 million roubles, which were not brought back,” the SK source said.
Similar works on the state contract were done by the Olymp company in 2009. The criminal case was investigated against director of this company Yuri Pushkarev. The Olymp debts for the centre of sport training of the Russian national teams reached six million roubles. The detectives found that “initial documents over spending of these funds were actually produced, but were lost later, so, the detectives did not find any facts of groundless budget spending by the closed joint stock company Olymp.”
“Since no corpus delicti was found the legal relations of the foresaid economic entities have the civil legal nature,” the source said. Over this fact the criminal cases were terminated for no corpus delicti.