Mabetex Group

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Mabetex Group
Founded 1990
Headquarters Lugano, Switzerland
Area served
18 Countries
Key people
Behgjet Pacolli (founder and owner)

The Mabetex Group, founded in 1990, is the mother company of Mabetex and other companies founded and owned by Behgjet Pacolli. The headquarters are located in Lugano, Switzerland. The company is specialised in construction and renovation of large buildings. The Mabetex Group has had projects in 16 countries,[1] including in Russia, other former Soviet republics, Kosovo and Albania.

International Projects[edit]

Mabetex sent, using its own structure and with the help of its employees, many tons of first aid goods to refugees camps in Albania; helped other institutions in Italy and Switzerland to envoy goods using Mabetex's trucks.[2]
Pacolli's group is known for having renovated the Kremlin in grand scale, lavish in gold leaf and with other extravagant materials.[3]
Evidence of the Group's capabilities can be seen in the construction of the Presidential Complex of the new capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, where more than 1,000,000 m2 were constructed.[4]


In 1992, during construction projects in Yakutia, Russia, Pacolli closely cooperated with the Yakutsk mayor Pavel Borodin. When Borodin had become the Russian presidential property manager, Mabetex was given several important contracts to reconstruct, renovate and refurbish the former Russian Federation Parliament, the Russian Opera House, State Duma and the Moscow Kremlin. Mabetex also constructed the first luxury hotel, the Swiss Diamond Hotel, in the new Russian era.[citation needed]

In 1998, Prosecutor General of Russia Yuri Skuratov opened a bribery investigation against Mabetex (which was dropped after he was fired), accusing Pacolli personally of bribing President Boris Yeltsin’s family members. Swiss authorities issued an international arrest warrant for Pavel Borodin, the official who managed the Kremlin's vast property empire.[5] Admitting publicly that bribery was usual business practice in Russia, Mr Pacolli confirmed in early December 1999 that he had guaranteed five credit cards for Mr Yeltsin's wife, Naina, and two daughters, Tatyana Dyachenko and Yelena Okulova.[5] President Yeltsin resigned a few weeks later in late December 1999 appointing Vladimir Putin to be his successor. President Putin's first decree as president was lifelong immunity from prosecution for Mr. Yeltsin.

In 2000 Pacolli sued Skuratov in a Russian court for defamation. He won the case and Skuratov was ordered to pay five thousand dollars to Pacolli for damages.[6][7][8][9][10][11]


Mabetex is currently working in Kazakhstan where it has played an important role in the construction of the new capital Astana, and one of the awarded projects completed there was the new Ak Orda Presidential Palace. Situated on the left bank of the Ishim River, its architecture combines classic, modern and ethnic influences. The president’s residence is part of a complex of modern administrative buildings in the new center of the city – and its main purpose is to symbolize the new face of Kazakhstan.[12] The Group is a major player in the Kazakhstan construction sector, having built nearly 40% of the buildings in the New Astana City,[13] including Astana opera.


In Italy, the Mabetex Group was responsible in the study and project for the refurbishment of the La Fenice theatre in Venice after it was burned.[citation needed] In Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, the group constructed the award winning project for the City Hall.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Projects & Construction". Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  2. ^ World Investment News (2002). "Kosovo". Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  3. ^ Andrew Jack (2004). Inside Putin's Russia: Can There Be Reform Without Democracy?. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  4. ^ World Investment News (2002). "Kosovo". Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  5. ^ a b Ian Traynor, Peter Capella (February 2000). "Swiss investigators order arrest of top Yeltsin aide". London: Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  6. ^ Илья Вукелич, Андрей Терехов (January 2006). Балканский Мабетекс (in Russian). Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  7. ^ Michael Wines (September 1999). "The Kremlin's Keeper, the World at His Fingertips, Is Under a Cloud". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  8. ^ Ian Traynor, Peter Capella (February 2000). "Swiss investigators order arrest of top Yeltsin aide". London: Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  9. ^ Philip Willan, James Meek (August 1999). "Yeltsin family 'took bribes'". London: Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  10. ^ Бородин, Павел (in Russian). Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  11. ^ Екатерина Заподинская (August 2000). Беджет Паколли признан чистоплотным. Он выиграл суд со Скуратовым (in Russian). Газета «Коммерсантъ». Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  12. ^ CNN Traveler Promotion (2008). "Kazakhstan's capital develops into a gem" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  13. ^ (2009). "COREPRIME Enters Kazakhstan Design Competition for Iconic President's Library Project with SAMOO Architects". Retrieved 2010-03-26. 

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