ANKARA, June 18 (RIA Novosti) - The mayor of the Turkish resort city Antalya has launched an investigation into the construction of a luxury hotel owned by Russian billionaire Telman Ismailov, national media said on Thursday.
The five-star hotel, the $1.4 billion Mardan Palace, was unveiled in late May with a ceremony hosted by Hollywood celebrities.
Mayor Mustafa Akaydin has said the construction design, which was approved in March-April, 2005, was changed four years ago and a municipal road in the village of Kundu, where the hotel is located, was rebuilt.
This is the second blow for Ismailov of late. Earlier this month, a criminal probe was launched into counterfeit children's goods allegedly sold at his Cherkizovsky market in northeast Moscow. Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov said that the market could be closed down by the end of the year.
Media earlier reported that Ismailov had asked Ankara to grant him Turkish citizenship.