Communist party MP demands check of Ukrainian granite purchase for Moscow street maintenance program

Communist party MP demands check of Ukrainian granite purchase for Moscow street maintenance program
Valery Rashkin

According to the deputy, Moscow authorities promote inflow of means to the budget of Ukraine.

Deputy of the State Duma from the CPRF (Communist Party) Valery Rashkin addressed to the Federal Security Service, Investigative Committee, and the Prosecutor General’s Office with a request to check purchases of granite from Ukraine for the Moya Ulitsa (My Street) maintenance program in Moscow. Meduza reports about it.

The media specifies that the reason for the address was the investigation of journalist Ivan Golunov about the supply of granite to Moscow. It is specified in the material that the capital buys more stone than it is produced in Russia and it has provoked deficiency of granite for gravestones in Siberia. Also, the journalist found out that granite for the Moya Ulitsa program is bought in Ukraine.

Rashkin specifies in his inquiry that the expenses on the army in the budget of Ukraine have increased since 2013 in more than four times. According to the deputy, by buying Ukrainian granite, the authorities of Moscow indirectly finance military needs of the neighboring country including operation in self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, victims of which are Russian volunteers.

In 2017 more than 42 billion rubles ($720 million) were allocated for implementation of the Moya Ulitsa program from the budget of Moscow. In 2018-2020 the authorities of the capital plan to allocate 94.5 billion rubles ($1.6 billion) for the program. The program provides improvement and reconstruction of the central streets of Moscow. It is being implemented since 2015.

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