Federal Security Service searched Ministry of Culture Northwest directorate

Federal Security Service searched Ministry of Culture Northwest directorate
Employees of intelligence agencies seized documents from the directorate

Law enforcement authorities are interested in information on the contract for 250 million rubles ($4.1 million) on the construction of a new stage of Theatre of Europe.

The staff of the Federal Security Service (FSB) carry out searches in Northwest directorate on construction, reconstruction and restoration of the Ministry of Culture, Fontanka reports.

The media specifies that the law enforcement authorities came to business center Lenizdat, where the office of Northwest directorate is located. First Deputy Head of department Denis Kolodko confirmed that he has already received the resolution on survey and seizure of documents as head of the directorate Natalya Volynskaya is on vacation.

According to Kolodko, the FSB is interested in correspondence of staff of the directorate and budget documents under the contract for design of the second stage of Theatre of Europe. The media specifies that it is the contact of Ministry of Culture on drawing up the project documentation for the new stage for the Academic Maly dramatic theater (Theatre of Europe), concluded in 2013. Theatrical and Decorative Workshops (TDW) company was chosen as the contractor of works for 250 million rubles ($4.1 million). The works were not performed, the contract was terminated then the Ministry of Culture tried to seize 45 million rubles ($749 thousand) of advance payment paid to the contractor, but the requirements were included in the lump of claims to TDW as the company is currently at a bankruptcy stage.

It is remarkable that after the failure with TDW, another contractor was chosen - Stroysoyuz-SV company promised to build the stage for 2.5 billion rubles ($41 thousand), but the directorate terminated this contract as well. In March 2017 the contract for 2.08 billion rubles ($34.6 million) for the construction of a new stage of Theatre of Europe was received by Transept group 75% of which belongs to Boris Rotenberg.

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