Culture Ministry files request with Prosecutor General’s Office to scrutinize construction companies

Culture Ministry files request with Prosecutor General’s Office to scrutinize construction companies

The companies work at the ministry’s facilities.

The Russian Ministry of Culture asked the Prosecutor General to check several construction companies that carry out work at the ministry’s cultural facilities, an official statement says.

The companies are said to keep missing the deadlines, so the ministry asks the Prosecutor General to take measures.

Earlier, RBC reported citing a source close to the ministry that the ministry head, Vladimir Medinsky, asked the Prosecutor General to check the work of the contractors involved in the construction of a hotel for the Bolshoi Theater, a museum center in Ryazan and the Vault Fund in Crimea.

The press service of the Ministry of Culture said that they took issues with LLC Rost-E and LLC Korporatsiya ATTA Group. It is their work that the ministry asks to check.

“The letter was sent to the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation on 08.21.2019; so far, no information has been received concerning a check,” the ministry said adding that one of the company’s leaders, Alexander Ushakov, had contacted them and assured that soon the work will be completed.

Several years ago, the former Deputy Minister of Culture, Grigory Pirumov, was prosecuted in a “restorers’ case”. He stole money allocated from the budget for the restoration of cultural objects, namely the Novodevichy and John the Baptist Monasteries in Moscow, A.S. Pushkin’s Pskov Academic Drama Theater, the Cosmonautics Museum in Kaluga, Izborsk Fortress in the Pskov Region, the Aseevs Estate in Tambov and the Kronprinz Tower in Kaliningrad. The contracts were concluded at a knowingly overstated value, and the profit split among fraudsters.

Pirumov was sentenced to a term of a year and a half in jail, which he had served while in remand prison. The Prosecutor General’s Office challenged the court’s decision and Pirumov was resentenced to three years in prison. In July, the court granted a petition for the parole of the ex-official in the “restorers’ case”. However, he remains in custody in the second case, about the creation of a criminal community and the theft of 450 million rubles during the construction of the facilities of Hermitage in the Ministry of Culture.

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