Case of bribery at reconstruction of Moscow Polytechnic Museum initiated
The management of Polytechinzhiniring required 630 thousand rubles ($11.000) for "actual confirmation" of the works performed on the reconstruction of the "Great Audience, in which Vladimir Ilyich Lenin spoke in 1918".
The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on commercial bribery during the reconstruction of the Polytechnic Museum, Kommersant writes. Employees of the capital FSB checked how the reconstruction of the cultural heritage site is going on, namely, the audience where Lenin delivered a speech " What is the essence of our programme? Winning socialism."
It turned out that the non-profit organization Politekhinzhiniring supervised the work in the audience, having concluded a preliminary agreement with the Department of Cultural Heritage of Moscow. And the work itself was performed by Tsentrstroyinvest-2000 LLC. In the summer of this year, "unidentified persons" demanded 630 thousand rubles from representatives of the company for confirming that the work is completed. The first 450 thousand extortioners received in the cafe Kofemania, and the rest directly in the audience.
After the detention of two alleged participants in the corruption scheme, it turned out that one of them is the executive director of Politekhinzhiniring, and the intermediary for the transfer of money was resident of the Moscow region Lyubertsy Alexey Milovanov. The latter had the identification of an assistant to one of the deputies of Lyubertsy, than he tried to threaten the FSB officers.
The Department of Cultural Heritage of Moscow said that it had not entered into any contract with Politekhinzhiniring.
Now the suspects are under house arrest by the decision of the Moscow Basmanny Court. For commercial bribery, they face up to nine years in prison.
Kommersant writes, referring to a source close to the investigation, that the inspections in the Polytechnical Museum are continuing.
Unnecessary witness. Death of penitentiary service lieutenant colonel Viktor Shevchenko: Suicide or murder?
Two events occurred in close succession in the Irkutsk region. On February 11, 2018, it became known that major general Anatoly Kilanov, Head of the Regional Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, was removed from office. The main suspect in an anti-corruption inquest carried out in late 2017, Kilanov was accused of extorting ‘levies’ from his subordinates. On February 12, 2018, Viktor Shevchenko, his deputy for service support, was found hanged. The investigation is currently explaining this suicide by a family quarrel. Has the lieutenant colonel really taken his own life? Or was it a disguised murder? And if so, who could be interested in it?