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Olympic Contractor to Fold Over Sochi Construction Cost Disputes

Published: March 17, 2014 (Issue # 1801)



  • Inzhtransstroi built 14 large-scale sites for the Winter Games.
    Photo: Inzhtransstroi Official Website

A top building contractor for the Sochi Olympics will fold after several lawsuits were brought against it by clients who accuse the company of inflating construction costs, the contractor has said.

Inzhtransstroi will begin liquidation because of "serious disagreements with the customers about the cost of the objects that have been built in Sochi," director Yefim Basin told employees on Thursday, the company said in an online statement.

Related: Navalny Publishes Sochi Corruption Report

The disputes resulted in "numerous lawsuits against the corporation," which made it impossible to continue operating, the statement said.

Inzhtransstroi built 14 large-scale sites for the Winter Games, including the Main Media Center in the Olympic Park, a road from Krasnaya Polyana to the mountain cluster, and facilities at the Sochi sea port, the company said.

Next month, the Moscow Arbitration Court is scheduled to review a suit by a state-owned port operator, Rosmorport, which is seeking a 782 million rubles ($21.4 million) from the building contractor, legal news portal RAPSI reported.

Related: Putin Denies Sochi Olympics Corruption

Preparations for the Games have cost Russia about $50 billion. Opposition politicians Boris Nemtsov and Leonid Martynyuk estimated in a report last spring that between $25 billion and $30 billion of this money had been stolen in Sochi.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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