Confiscation of documents from Fontanka Circus due to chapiteau purchase
Employees of the MIA of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg are confiscating documents from the Fontanka Circus in the framework of an investigation concerned with last year’s procurements and spending of budgetary money.
The confiscation is due to a suspected embezzlement in 2014-2015, according to the Interfax media outlet. The Office of Public Affairs of the Main Directorate of the MIA in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region officially confirmed the information.
The investigation is concerned with embezzlement under Viacheslav Polunin, the previous Circus Art Director, according to the Baltika Ration Station citing the Ministry for Culture of the Russian Federation. Mr Polunin was not responsible for any type of financial matters during his time in the office, according to Natalia Tabachnikova, a spokesperson of the Mezhdunarodny Teatralny Centr Slavi Polunina Theatrical Center.
May we remind you that Mikhail Smorodkin, the Circus Director, was dismissed on December 5. The Circus has problems due to ordering a chapiteau to a subcontractor, according to the Circus. The Circus was going to use the chapiteau during its main building renovation.
The Circus was going to establish a creative laboratory and host circus performances and experimental shows in a chapiteau for 750 people.
The Circus paid 7 million rubles for the chapiteau design development and 30 million rubles for its construction. The Circus paid the Vin Tent Invent Construction Company, the subcontractor, the money and officially signed the completion certificate in November 2015. However, the chapiteau was never installed. Additional 30 million rubles are needed for follow-up work and installation, as it turned out, according to the police.
There is Mikhail Smorodkin’s signature on the completion certificate, according to the Circus. However, Mr. Smorodkin claims it was Mr. Polunin, the Art Director at the time, who initiated the purchase.
The billionaire colonel who held the post of head of the regional Economic Security Department, and then Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department for more than 12 years, kept his 1 billion ($15.2 mln) in bank accounts.