Head of Minstroy may be included in General Council of Edinaya Rossiya contrary to law
Mikhail Men can be included into the general council of the Edinaya Rossiya (United Russia) party in the coming weekend. Experts say that the combination of these two positions actually violates the anti-corruption legislation.
Edinaya Rossiya discusses the possibility of including in the party's general council Head of the Russian Ministry of Construction Mikhail Men. According to RBC citing sources, the main argument is the fact that the Ministry of Construction and Housing "needs to be the primary provider" of such Edinaya Rossiya's projects as Urban Environment and Parks of Small Towns, aimed at landscaping. In particular, the need to develop these projects mentioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his address to the Federal Assembly.
However, the combination of two positions could be interpreted as a violation of anti-corruption legislation, said deputy director of the Transparency International Center for Anti-Corruption Research Ilya Shumanov. In an interview with RBC he stressed that the Minister is prohibited to manage the economic entity to which, inter alia, applies and NGOs, public associations and political parties. In other words, the member of the General Council of Edinaya Rossiya is a member of the management body of an economic entity.
The press service of the department, as well as the leadership of Edinya Rossiya do not comment on the possibility of including Men in the party's general council.
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