Abuse of power
The Ministry of internal Affairs (MIA) found in the work of the first Deputy Minister of culture Vladimir Aristarkhov and his brother Andrey Aristarkhov signs of crimes at once under two articles of the Criminal code). The police Department saw the work Aristarkhovich in the system of Ministry of culture, abuse of official powers (article 285 of the criminal code) and exceeding official powers (article 286 of the criminal code), said in response to Deputy interior Minister Anatoly Vanechkina at the request of the Deputy of the state Duma Alexander Ageev (both documents have; Ageev was the Deputy of the state Duma of the VI convocation from the “just Russia).
Vladimir Aristarkhov to his work the Ministry of culture was a member of the party “Fatherland”, Deputy of the Duma of the Moscow region and coordinator of the youth policy of the Moscow regional regional branch of party “United Russia”. In the “United Russia” is the Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky.
Andrey Aristarkhov previously headed one of the leading restoration structures — JSC “Restoration company”. In July of this year it became known that retired Aristarkhov Vladimir, after he and his brother complained to the deputies of the state Duma who has directed inquiries in law enforcement agencies with the requirement to verify the existence of a conflict of interest. Prior to “Restoration companies” Aristarkhov was engaged in building projects in Millhouse Capital of Roman Abramovich and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Moscow oil refinery.
MPs Sergey Obukhov and Valery Rashkin (both — Communist party) did not like that the “Restoration company” under the leadership of Andrew Aristarkhova won the tenders of the Ministry of culture, where his brother Vladimir. Officially in a press-service “Restoration companies” explained “the prevention of conflicts 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. 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 response Ageev, which is dated 16 September, Vanichkin writes that information about the presence of activities Aristarkhovich evidence of a crime was received from acting Deputy chief of GU MVD in Moscow Igor Zinoviev (head of the Department of criminal investigation).
Materials testing for the treatment Ageeva sent to the investigation Department of the Investigative Committee in Moscow on the Central administrative district, which shall make the decision in accordance with applicable law.” This investigation Department, as indicated by Vanichkin previously conducted its own review of information about possible abuses in the Ministry of culture. Whether a criminal case after the inspection of the interior Ministry, the press service of the investigation Committee in Moscow, saying they could not.
Ageev also sent a similar request to the Prosecutor General, which, like MVD, start checking on it.
The activities of the officials of the Ministry of culture checked the Main Directorate of economic security and counteraction of corruption (Guebipk) of the MIA, informed the Deputy Ageev, the acting head of the Guebipk Yevgeny Lukin. He noted that the validation information contained Ageev in the query, was performed in Quebec on behalf of the leadership of the Ministry of interior in cooperation with the Department of the interior in Moscow. Test period it was decided to extend until September 17.
In the request sent to the interior Ministry on July 19, Ageev, among other things, asked to check the activities Aristarkhovich: Deputy, informed his colleagues Rashkin and Obukhov, admitted that the activities of the brothers in their posts may be a conflict of interest.
According to estimates , “the Restoration company” in the autumn 2014 to March 2016 have signed contracts for restoration in the amount of 1.2 billion rubles on 20 may 2016. According to the Ministry of culture, in 2013 from the budget for restoration of monuments of history and culture it has been allocated 7,7 billion rubles, in 2014 to 9.5 billion in 2015 9.7 billion in 2016, this will go to about 6 billion rubles.
Ageev also pointed to possible abuses in bidding for a state contract for the restoration and repair of objects of culture. These contests, which were organized by the Ministry of culture, 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 the newspaper “Trud”, referenced Ageev in your request, these companies were associated with the Ministry of culture. The Agency initiated their shareholding, after which they were to unite into one big structure restoration under the guise of “Restoration companies”. The idea to create a single restoration center officials of the Ministry of culture said in early June 2015, but the enterprises in the end did not happen. However, the company has performed 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, as calculated in the “Work”.
In addition, Ageyev in its request talks about the possibility of deliberate bankruptcy of one of Russia’s oldest restoration companies — FSUE “Scientific and production company “Resma”, which was subordinated to the Ministry of culture.
In a press-service of the Ministry of culture said that the office had not received documents stating that Aristarkhovich discovered signs of a crime.
The position of the culture on the issues of possible conflict of interest the Department has not changed. Earlier, representatives of the Ministry of culture said 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”. Including therefore, concluded officials, Vladimir Aristarkhova could be no conflict of interest.
Other suspects from the Ministry of culture
Another Deputy Medina has become a defendant in a criminal case and is under investigation. 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.