Ex-sports director of “Tambov” Pavel Khudyakov arrested in a fraud case
VORONEZH, 26 Nov – The Leninsky District Court of Tambov has imprisoned Pavel Khudyakov, former sports director of the Tambov football club, for a large-scale fraud case for two months, a court spokesman said.
Khudyakov was detained on suspicion of fraud in the Moscow region on Wednesday and taken to Tambov. The representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Tambov region said that this was a fraud with the financing of a football club. On Friday, the Leninsky District Court considered a petition to choose a preventive measure for Khudyakov.
“The court took him into custody until January 23 of the following year, inclusive,” – said the agency’s interlocutor.
At the end of September, law enforcement officers detained Olga Konovalova, general director of Tambov, on suspicion of three episodes of large-scale fraud and one episode of fraud committed with the use of official position, as well as on a large scale. Konovalova was detained until November 29, and on Thursday, November 25, the court extended her detention until January 26, 2022. Konovalova is accused of a scam with the financing of the club.
“Tambov” finished the 2020/21 season on the last line in the standings of the Russian Premier League. The club’s participation in the championship after the winter break was questionable due to financial problems. The team from Tambov was able to finish the season thanks to the help of the league and other clubs. At the end of the season, FC Tambov said goodbye to the fans.
The Arbitration Court of the Tambov Region on October 20 declared “Tambov” bankrupt, the requirements for the club at that time amounted to almost 377 million rubles. The initial bankruptcy procedure – observation – was introduced by the court against Tambov at the club’s request in April. The bankruptcy statement of the club said that as of January 31, 2021, the amount owed to creditors was about 537 million rubles.