State Duma deputies Sergei Obukhov and Valery Rashkin (both — Communist party) asked the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) Alexander Bastrykin, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika and Director of the Federal security service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov not to stop the criminal case against senior officials of the Ministry of culture, and to inspect the whole restoration areas of Ministry. They sent a request to the heads of the leading security agencies with a request to check the work of the first Deputy Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky Vladimir Aristarkhov and his brother Andrew Aristarkhova on the subject of the possible conflict of interest.
With such a high level of corruption in the Ministry, writing to MPs in its request, of particular importance to identify illegal schemes acquires information on the distribution of functions of management and control in the Department.
The deputies emphasize two features that, in their opinion, can talk about the conflict of interest in the Ministry. Recalling the investigation of the parliamentarians reminded that in 2007, the brother of Deputy Minister Andrey Aristarkhov established CJSC “Vesta Park”, which is engaged in the construction of prefabricated buildings from sandwich panels. In 2012, shortly after his appointment as Minister Medinsky, Andrey Aristarkhov became his Advisor, and former Director General of “Vesta Park” Irina Ponomareva established the company “Vesta Park” project, which soon began to obtain contracts subordinated institutions of the Ministry of culture for the repair of historic buildings (in 2014-2015 “Vesta Park” project, as found earlier, won eight tenders for 1,184 billion rubles).
In addition to possible connections with Andrey Aristarkhov “Vesta Park project”, the deputies point to his current place of work — the brother of Deputy Minister is the CEO of another major the customer and the restoration work of the “Restoration Company”. The deputies pointed out that it was created for the restoration work on the initiative of the Ministry of culture, on the basis of subordinate FSUEs.
This joint stock company was established in 2012 after incorporation of the FGU Republican filmkombinat”. In the summer of 2015, Deputy Minister Grigory Pirumov (now under arrest on charges of embezzlement of funds in the restoration of monuments of history) and the first Deputy Minister Vladimir Aristarkhov announced that the company which was to combine “the best industry professionals”.
In July 2015, the Board of Directors of “Restoration companies” have already included the brother of the first Deputy Minister of culture, and in November he became CEO.
Originally it was planned that JSC will join two more of the FSUE departmental, (mnru and memorials “Spetsproektrestavratsiya”), for which they pre-corporatized, but they have retained independence.
As found, examining the procurement website, these restoration structures, including, “the Restoration company”, actively participate in the auction, held by either the Ministry of culture or its subordinate institutions. According to estimates, from autumn 2014 to March 2016, these three institutions have entered into contracts for the restoration of $ 3.3 billion rubles, of which 1.2 billion rubles were actually on “the Restoration company”. Moreover, 1.8 billion rubles. these structures have received under state contracts from September 2015 to March 2016, i.e. for the period that, Andrei Aristarkhov headed “the Restoration company”.
“This is a significant sum, considering that the market for state restoration in recent years did not exceed 10 billion rubles. per year, and in 2016 was about $ 6 billion,” — said the interlocutor on the market of restoration. The sum of 6 billion roubles allocated from the budget for restoration of monuments, called and Pirumov at last year’s press conference dedicated to the presentation of “Restrizioni companies.”
Set out in the request information indicates the conflict of interests of the Ministry of culture and Deputy Ministers need to check for the presence of a conflict of interest, says Rashkin.
The Ministry of culture of the suspicions of the deputies deny. In a press-service of the Ministry said that “the Restoration company” are not subordinated to the Ministry of culture structure. “Each of the Vice-Minister of culture of the Russian Federation is responsible for clearly defined areas assigned to them by internal regulations and orders. The same applies to the post of first Deputy Minister, which is currently secured areas such as museums, education and science in the field of culture and information, — reports a press-service. — During the work of the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Aristarkhov never was in charge of repair, construction and restoration of objects”. In this regard, to speak about the conflict of interests regard as incorrect”. Andrey Aristarkhov said earlier that his appointment was not inspired by his brother, and “Restoration companies” do not have culture, a direct relationship and deal with the restoration of objects of both local and Federal levels.
In a press-service “Restoration companies” said that among won tenders of restoration of cultural heritage sites relate to only a few to 157 million rubles., the rest — nearly 1.2 billion rubles, — won tenders for the repair of new capital structures. Of these tenders, only one contract was signed directly with the Ministry of culture — for the sum about 47 million rubles. But, culture is not a customer under this contract, and this means that the contractual relationship with the Agency there, according to the press service of the company.
Earlier in the press service of “Restoration companies” have stated that their current leader Aristarkhov has held the post of Director General of “Vesta Park” project. from 12 January 2012 to 5 March 2012 [that is, before the formation of the new government and the appointment of the Minister Medina] and this period the company has not won a single tender, the Ministry of culture, therefore, a conflict of interest in the work of A. V. Aristarkhova is missing”.
sent requests to comment on the receipt of the appeal of deputies of the investigative Committee, the Prosecutor General and the FSB.
With the participation of Svetlana Reiter and Ilya Rozhdestvensky