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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Moscow Times reports that Oleg Shishkov, Omsk-based businessman and parliamentarian whose firm Mostovik was involved in the Sochi Olympics, has been detained on charges that he failed to pay numerous employees for the first half of this year.

Shishov faces charges of withholding employees' salaries for more than two months for selfish gain, which is punishable by up to three years in prison. He is also under investigation in another case on suspicion of embezzling more than 500 million rubles (about $10.7 million) from the Omsk Region budget.

Investigators say Shishov had the funds to pay his employees, but chose to keep the money for himself instead. The total amount owed to Mostovik's employees is 535,000 rubles ($11,500) — a sum investigators say Shishov should have had no problem paying considering the 17 billion rubles the company made in the first half of this year.
Shishov's company was responsible for two major Sochi construction projects, though the investigators' statement did not mention any Olympic facilities.

Human Rights Watch published a report at the time of the Olympic Games in February detailing violation of workers' rights. The Interpreter ran a report prepared by opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and Solidarity activist Leonid Martynyuk exposing corruption in the construction of the facilities. Martynyuk, who also made a video on MH17, was recently detained on spurious charges and jailed for 14 days.