FSB suspects Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Society’s managers of multi-million embezzlements

FSB suspects Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Society’s managers of multi-million embezzlements
Stanislav Lyumas and Yuliya Kulakova Photo: Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic Society

The managers of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Society are suspected of embezzling budgetary funds on an especially large scale, a source in law enforcement bodies told TASS.

The regional FSB department has already confirmed the initiation of criminal cases against two managers of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Society without mentioning their names. According to TVK, the Krasnoyarsk law enforcers will reveal the details of the criminal cases the next week.

Meanwhile, the TASS source said that the criminal case under part 3 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling) has been initiated against Deputy Director of the Philharmonic Society For Commercial Activities, Stanislav Lyumas, and head of the legal service, Maksim Bondarenko.

According to the source, in July 2015, Director of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Society Yuliya Kulakova, her deputy Stanislav Lyumas, and head of the legal service Maksim Bondarenko registered their relative Bondarenko-Stramilov as an individual entrepreneur and received from him a power of attorney to perform all financial operations related to the commercial activities of the enterprise. The philharmonic society managers concluded contracts with the entrepreneur for conduct of concerts at an inflated cost. The inflation reached from 100 to 300%.

In total, from July 2015 to June 2017, 19 contracts for the amount of 18.5 million rubles ($146.4 thousand) were concluded between the philharmonic society and the individual entrepreneur.

According to TASS, Bondarenko and Lyumas are already pleading guilty. It turned out that the deputy director for commercial activities has dual citizenship (Russia and Latvia) and arrears on bank loans; he had previously changed his surname from Samokhvalov to Lyumas.

Yuliya Kulakova is currently on vacation in Georgia; the issue of initiating a criminal case against her is also being considered.

To recall, earlier, in April 2017, the wife of Chief Conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Academic Symphony Orchestra Vladimir Lande, Darya Ilyinskaya was caught on the non-performing her duties. According to the orchestra’s employees, the conductor’s wife had been missing from work, while still receiving a monthly salary. Back then, the philharmonic society explained that Ilyinskaya was responsible for creating content for the site, text translation, advertising, and promotion, therefore, her constant presence at work was not required. 

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