Wednesday, May 25, 2016

SC examine the actions of the Ministry of Culture in restoration work – RIA Novosti


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MOSCOW, May 25 – RIA Novosti. Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia (GUS TFR) in Moscow will consider outlined in the request for a State Duma deputy from the Communist Party Sergei Obukhov reasons of misconduct guidance Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, in particular, the first deputy Vladimir Aristarkhov which allegedly resulted in the theft of public funds during restoration works; if there are reasons to be organized checks.

This is stated in the response of GSM RF IC in Moscow, signed by the head of Alexander Drymanov management at deputy’s request, a copy of which is at the disposal of RIA Novosti.

Earlier Obukhov appealed to law enforcement agencies to conduct an audit of the first Deputy Minister of Culture Aristarkhov and his brother, whose firm of “Restoration of” allegedly received from the Ministry of Culture of multimillion-dollar contracts for restoration.

The GUS TFR in the Moscow MP informed that his appeal “of misconduct by the Ministry of culture management, expressed in the embezzlement of public funds allocated for the restoration works on the objects of cultural heritage” is considered.

“Consideration set forth in your address arguments instructed the Investigation Department of the Central administrative district of the Main Investigation Department of the investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in Moscow, there are reasons to be organized in the test procedure Articles 144,145 Code of Criminal procedure, “- said in response GUS TFR in Moscow.

According to Obukhov, before he and his colleagues in Anti-Corruption Committee of the Stalin appealed to the supervisory authorities with a request to check the activities of agencies, but, according to the deputy, he was told that there “everything is fine”.

“three years have passed, and suddenly it turned out that it is not okay Well, better late than never.” -. he added

restoration business

Earlier, the FSB opened a criminal case in relation to certain executives of the Ministry of culture and a number of businessmen, suspected of embezzlement of public funds allocated for the restoration works on the objects of cultural heritage.

As part of the case have been detained and are in jail “Lefortovo” Deputy Gregory culture Pirumov, head of FSUE “Center for restoration” Oleg Ivanov, director of asset management and investment of the Ministry of cultural policy Boris Mazo, head of the company “Baltstroy” Dmitry Sergeyev and managing “BaltStroya” Alexander Kochenov, entrepreneur Nikita Kolesnikov, the head FGKU “on construction management , reconstruction and restoration “Boris Tsagaraev and project manager OOO” Strojkomplekt “and JSC” Baltstroy “Vladimir Svanbek.

In its request, Butts wrote that the director general of the organization” Center for restoration “was arrested on charges of embezzlement, and the company of the same name along with the other major part of the restorers of “Restoration of the company.” The head of this corporation Aristarkhov Andrew, the brother of the first Deputy Minister of Culture Vladimir Aristarkhov, mentioned in the request.

Butts relied on information from open sources, according to which Aristarkhov coordinates and supervises the activities of the Department of Cultural Heritage. In addition, the “Restoration of” allegedly repeatedly received contracts subordinate Ministry of Culture institutions for the repair of historic buildings, and in 2014-2015 won eight tenders for 1,184 billion rubles, wrote the deputy.

Communist required to take measures to identify and suppression of corruption schemes in the Ministry of culture, in particular to carry out an audit of Aristarkhov his brother – the general director of “Restoration of” leadership united the said entities and previously headed by him LLC “Vesta Park project” for compliance with the legislation in force


About the conflict of interest

The Ministry of Culture, RIA Novosti said they did not perceive a conflict of interest on the part of Aristarkhov, because he had never supervised the repair issues, construction and restoration of objects during his tenure as Deputy Minister. Its scope of activities include museum activities, science and education in the field of culture, as well as computerization, explained in the press service of the department.

The ministry also stressed that the JSC “Restoration of the company” is not under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture organization. Also in the Ministry is currently not a customer in relation to the “restoration company” on any contract.

The very Aristarkhov told RIA Novosti that the request of the State Duma deputies to check its activities is explained by ignorance of the issue.


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