Moscow authorities intended to spend $37.8mln on city improvement
However, the tender has not passed public hearings.
The authorities had planned to spend 2.2 billion rubles ($37.8 million) on the development of a concept of improving the capital's streets, however, the tender was cancelled after journalists learned about it, Meduza reports.
According to the news agency, Strelka Design Bureau owned by billionaire Aleksandr Mamut used to be responsible for similar projects; half of the funds were allocated for these purposes, while the amount of work was much larger.
Thus, in January 2015, Strelka won a tender for the development of methodological recommendations for the implementation of the 'My Street' program, as well as the development of a concept of street improvement for the next two years. The contract amount was 922 million rubles ($15.8 million). A similar purchase in 2016 cost the capital budget 890 million rubles ($15.3 million).
However, Strelka's concepts have not always been implemented in practice, Meduza says. For example, the bureau has proposed the concept of a city center for children's recreation with attractions, sandpits, and a fountain on the Lubyanka Square; later, it turned out that it was impossible to build the object.
Similar facilities have been planned at Krasnopresnenskaya, Savvinskaya, and Bolotnaya embankments. Nevertheless, this has not prevented the Moscow City Hall from recognizing the proper execution of work by Strelka and paying for it in full.
The new tender worth 2.2 billion rubles suggested to create projects for streets and public spaces with an area of 900 hectares and engage 125 specialists in this work. However, the tender has not passed the public hearings – it turned out that many of the streets listed had already been included in tender documentation for other auctions. At the next hearing, the department representatives said that the tender was canceled.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).