Basmanny district Deputies Council head suspected of conflict of interest
Gennady Anichkin provided free premises to his own fund Filantrop (Philanthropist).
Transparency International Russia appealed to the prosecutor's office of Basmanny district of Moscow with a request to check the Head of the Council of Deputies of the district Gennady Anichkin on compliance with the rules on conflict of interest. According to the organization, on May 28, Anichkin signed the decision of the Council of Deputies to allocate premises to Filantrop Fund for free. The President of the foundation is Anichkin himself, according to the charter, he also heads its supervisory authority.
According to representatives of the organization, the video of the trial shows that Anichkin voted for this decision. Under the law, he was supposed to transfer the right to sign the decision of the Council to his deputy, but he signed it himself. “Thus the Head of Basmanny district could violate the anti-corruption legislation. If the prosecutor's office confirms this, Anichkin may face the loss of his mandate,” said Transparency.
The organization also reminded that, according to the law, heads of councils of deputies cannot participate in non-profit organizations (except homeowner organization, unions of municipalities and some other organizations), as well as engage in other paid work. Representatives of Transparency at the same time remark that they are not aware whether the work of the President of Filantrop Fund is paid.
The foundation's website indicates that Anichkin is indeed the President. The organization’s description reads that the foundation has been operating since 1990 and “has been implementing charitable projects in the field of creative and social rehabilitation of disabled people.” The sole founder of the foundation is the All-Russian Society of Disabled.
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