The Prosecutor General’s office to verify reports about the conflict of interests of the Ministry of culture


About the beginning of the inspection officials of the Ministry of culture said in response (have) the state office of public Prosecutor to inquiry of the Deputy of the state Duma Alexander Ageev (“Fair Russia”). “The Prosecutor General’s office organized and conducted the inspection on your appeal in connection with the publications about the violations of legislation of the Ministry of culture and its subordinate organizations”, — writes Ageev, the head of Department on supervision of execution of laws on protection of interests of the state and society the state office of public Prosecutor Olga Shamshina. Her answer did not specify when it will be completed.

The official representative of the Supervisory Department Alexander Kurennoy at the time of writing were unavailable for comment. In early July, Ageev sent a request to law enforcement bodies with the request to check officials of the Ministry of culture.

Is there a conflict of interest

In the query Ageev points to several facts of possible violations of the law, the Ministry of culture. In particular, the MP asked the Prosecutor General to check the activities of the Deputy Minister Vladimir Aristarkhov and his brother Andrey Aristarkhov, who worked as the General Director of JSC “Restoration company”. On the potential conflict of interest in the activities of the two brothers complained and deputies of the state Duma Sergei Obukhov and Valery Rashkin (both — Communist party) who did not like that the “Restoration company” under the leadership of Andrew Aristarkhova won the tenders of the Ministry of culture, where Vladimir Aristarkhov.

As found , examining the procurement website, “the Restoration company” in the autumn 2014 to March 2016 signed state contracts for restoration in the amount of 1.2 billion rubles After the publication , in early July of this year, Andrey Aristarkhov resigned as Director of “Restoration companies”. Press Secretary of “Restoration companies” Ekaterina Khomyakova said Aristarkhov wrote a statement “to prevent the conflict of interest that could arise in connection with the incident in the beginning of this year, the Ministry of culture of Russia redistribution of power”.

In response, the Ministry of culture to request concerning the inspection of the Prosecutor General officials indicate that the duties of Vladimir Aristarkhov as first Deputy Minister from October 2015 to July 2016 was not in any way associated with the activities of the asset management Department and investment policy of the Ministry of culture, which oversaw the restoration, neither the government, nor with the activity of JSC “Restoration company”. Vladimir Aristarkhova it was not possible to provide revenues in the form of money, other property, including property rights, services of property character of the results of the work performed or any benefits (advantages) the Director General of JSC Restoration company,” reads the response agencies. Officials remind that earlier the police have already checked for conflict of interest brothers Aristarkhovich, preliminary examination held by the office “B” Guebipk of the MIA of Russia. Conflict of interest in the work of the official and his brother, police discovered. When audited, the Ministry of culture said.

Possible abuse

Another point that was pointed out, unlike in the query — possible abuse in the bidding for the state contract on restoration and repair. We are talking about contests, which were initiated by the Ministry of culture. Contracts that fall under the suspicion of the Deputy has won three of the structure — joint-stock company “the Restoration company”, joint-stock company “Interregional scientific restoration artistic management (mnru) and joint-stock company memorials “Spetsproektrestavratsiya”.

As reported by the newspaper Trud, which cites Ageev in your request, these companies were associated with the Ministry of culture. The Agency initiated their shareholding, in the end, they had to unite into one big structure restoration under the guise of “Restoration companies”. The creation of a single restoration center officials of the Ministry of culture said in early June 2015.

Prior to the merger, as stated in the article “Labor”, the office appointed in the company’s new leaders. Enterprises, said a senior source in the Ministry of culture, in the end did not happen, but this did not prevent the companies to perform at the competitions office as the only contenders for the contract. From September 2015 to March 2016, these three companies have won tenders for a total amount of about 1.8 billion rubles, calculated in the Work”.

The Ministry of culture say that the management of “B” conducted a review of the legality of these contests, and the crime police was not detected. Purchase “the Restoration company” and mnrkhu was performed of reference of the procurement commissions in accordance with applicable law, assure of the Ministry of culture.

The latter, as indicated Ageev, is the possible deliberate bankruptcy of one of Russia’s oldest restoration companies FGUP Nauchno-proizvodstvennaya firma “Resma”, which was subordinated to the Ministry of culture. Suspicion in deliberate bankruptcy “RESMI” in the Ministry of culture is also rejected. Officials claim that in the proceedings on bankruptcy “RESMI” in arbitration courts “the presence of signs of fictitious or deliberate bankruptcy FGUP is not revealed.

The Ministry of culture and scandals

In recent months high-ranking officials of the culture Ministry become involved in major scandals. Deputy Minister Grigory Pirumov in March were detained by field investigators of FSB, and then arrested on charges of major embezzlement in the restoration of monuments of history — the Novodevichy monastery, the Drama theatre in Pskov, St. John the Baptist monastery, the Museum of Cosmonautics in Kaluga and Izborsk fortress. Now Pirumov is in jail.

Along with him, investigators arrested five people: the Director of the asset management Department of the Ministry of culture Boris Mazo, Director Tsentrrestavratsiya Oleg Ivanov, Director of the company “Baltstroy” Dmitry Sergeev, managing company “Baltstroy” Alexander Kochenov and Advisor to the General Director of the company “Linnet-consult” Nikita Kolesnikov.

MPs complained of in the TFR and Vladimir Medinsky and the actions of his subordinates to evict organizations from Moscow city centre, this scandal also figured Pirumov and Maso. Speech, in particular, about the interest of subordinates, Vladimir Medinsky, to the building on Bolshaya Gruzinskaya street, which are registered with the Academy of choral art named after V. S. Popov. Deputies Mikhail Bryachak, Alexander Tarnavsky Mikhail Serdyuk (“Fair Russia”) noted that the building by the decision of the former head Roskultury Mikhail Shvydkoi in 2008 it was donated to the charity Fund “Support and development of music education”. But the current leadership of the Ministry of culture, according to MPs, the transferred property wanted to return — it officials initiated more than 10 inspections Fund the various jurisdictions.

Vladimir Aristarkhov said that the essence of the conflict lies in the absence of the consent of the Federal property management Agency the transfer of the building in the gratuitous use of the Fund for Support and development of music education”. Subsequently, the Federal property management Agency on the appeal of the Ministry of culture has addressed in Arbitration court of Moscow with the claim about recognition of the transaction on transfer of the building is negligible. But on 4 August Moscow arbitration court the claim was denied.

Political analyst Yevgeny Minchenko believes that the major scandals of the Ministry of culture while affect Minister Vladimir Medinsky “tangent” — why is he still not dismissed. Loud the case of embezzlement in the restoration of objects of culture — a consequence of the struggle of law enforcement agencies, which affected the speakers operator Deputy Medina Pirumov, says Minchenko.

“Besides, there is a large number of applicants for the position of Minister of culture, the position of this peripheral, which can seriously claim Nikita Mikhalkov, but he is in close relations with Vladimir Rostislavovich [Medina],” said Minchenko.