“Associated with Medvedev” funds have issued statements

In the documents published on the official website of the Ministry of justice of Russia, contains the financial statements of the four funds that were mentioned in the investigation of the Fund of struggle against corruption Alexei Navalny. Thus, the Fund Gradislava pointed out that in 2016, spent 768 134 thousand rubles, the Fund “Dar” — 1 370 390 thousand roubles, the Fund of support of socially important state projects (“Cargospace”) 716 504 thousand rubles., the Fund’s support of the winter Olympic sports (FPSOS) — 691 674 thousand.

Thus, the total cost of the four funds in the past year amounted to 3,681 billion.

Navalny claims that the Fund “Dar” in its expenditures for last year among all non-profit funds yielded only to the organization “donate life”, which spent 2,282 billion.

The head of the Foundation “Dar” Ilya Eliseev said that the organization funds and other funds under its control to annually report to the Ministry of justice. “Otherwise, justice would long ago have ceased our activities. We will of course continue to report in the future,” he added.

Commenting on the statement of Navalny that the funds for the first time published financial statements, Elisha recommended that “to be critical to the source, spread this information, because he has seen the lie.

The author of the book “On the foundations of Russia”, Chairman of the Sakharov center Vyacheslav Bakhmin said that “the majority of those who work in the field of charity in Russia, about these funds do not know”. “I first heard about them when I went out the investigation of the Bulk. Such funds-simulacra used the field of charity in Russia. At the same time, discrediting it,” said Bachman.

Partner at BMS Law Firm Denis Frolov said that “legally incorrect to compare funds that Bulk binds with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, with the charity Fund “give life”. “In this situation, there is a substitution of concepts in the hope that people who read it, will form a negative opinion. It is necessary to divide the charitable Foundation and a nonprofit Foundation. The purpose of the latter, which include, for example, the Fund Gradislava, according to the unified state register of legal entities (EGRUL), not related to the charity,” — said the lawyer.

According to him, nonprofits are often created not for charitable purposes. “A common practice when nonprofits are created to manage assets as it is more convenient from the point of view of asset protection. And not for the funding of paid treatment to the needy. To learn what these funds can be, acquainted with their statutes,” — said Frolov.

In his view, even those reports that are provided to the Ministry of justice funds Gradislava, Foundation for support of the winter Olympic sports, “Cargospace” and “Gift” do not give a complete picture of their activities. “Reports from charitable foundations, which requires the Ministry of justice, very uninformative. As a rule, the Ministry of justice emphasises, from what sources the money is coming from (foreign sources should be considered separately). With this purpose, basically, and imposed reporting requirements of NGOs,” — said the expert.

As he noted in the report, the funds in the Ministry of justice, there is no requirement on the disclosure of the cost structure. “There simply is prescribed, the total amount of costs of statutory activities. The result is very difficult to understand what exactly the money went. And even more so to judge the effectiveness of their spending,” said Bachman.

The Fund of struggle against corruption Alexei Navalny on March 2 published an investigation about “the secret of real estate” Dmitry Medvedev. He argued that the Prime Minister related to funds received 70 billion rubles in the form of donations and managed by people who know Medvedev’s residence in ples and personal objects of the government.

The head of the Fund “Dar” classmate of Dmitry Medvedev Ilya Yeliseyev April 14, gave an interview to the newspaper “Kommersant”, in which he told that the organization was established in 2006. According to him, the “Gift” was not originally a charitable Foundation in the classical meaning, and “has implemented projects in interests of society and the state.” One of the key priorities of the Fund Eliseev called the restoration of historical buildings of cultural and historical value, and cited the example of the restoration of the Museum and Park complex in Strelna. Similar experiences it was decided to repeat and in Plyos “for the sake of preserving the estates of the Dark”.

Talking about the charitable activities of his Foundation, Elisha separately allocates the project “White rose”, in which throughout the 15 medical diagnostic centers women’s health. According to information on the website of the project it was developed by the Foundation for social and cultural initiatives in 2010, “on the initiative and under the personal supervision of President of the Foundation Svetlana Medvedeva”.

Eliseev also noted that mentioned in the investigation of the FBC mansion on the ruble were transferred to the “Cargospace” Alisher Usmanov as compensation for “unrealized development project”.

Commenting on the investigation of Bulk, he has declared intention to address in court with claims about protection of business reputation to the primary sources and a number of media that “spread false information”.

Dmitry Medvedev himself a month later after the publication of the FCO has called the investigation “compote”. “Take it all different kinds of rubbish, any rubbish is collected about me, if it’s about me, about my friends and about people about whom I never heard,” he said.

Answering questions of deputies in the State Duma, the head of the government once again touched on this theme. He said he would not comment on “completely false products of political rogues.”