FSB seized documents from Hermitage
According to the preliminary information, the visit of intelligence agencies is connected with activities of deputy director of the Hermitage for a construction Mikhail Novikov.
Staff of the Administration of the Federal Security Service in St. Petersburg withdrew documents from the State Hermitage, Fontanka reports. According to the media, field investigators of department of the Central district of the department of the Central district of St. Petersburg and Service on protection of the constitutional system and fight against terrorism, which already for a year supervises cultural objects, visited the museum. The author of the article claims that these actions can concern deputy director of the Hermitage on a construction Mikhail Novikov.
In particular, as it is told in the article, the FSB became interested in documents on the public contract on a construction of the second queue of the new repository of the Hermitage on Shkolnaya Street. The contract worth 3,67 billion rubles was signed by the museum with the Moscow company Mekhstroytrans, management and owners of which were involved in high-profile case of the Ministry of Culture.
It is supposed, that in 2016 the company received advance in a size of about 1 billion rubles, but the work were conducted with big delays on schedule. In its turn, the Hermitage representatives then claimed that lagging has no critical character, while an agreement “on increase in rates of works for correction of a situation with lagging from the working schedule” was reached with management of Mekhstroytrans.
Meanwhile, today the Moscow arbitration tribunal will consider the claim for recognition of LLC Mekhstroytrans a bankrupt and appointment of the arbitration manager, notes the media.
Media service of the museum, commenting on a situation, declared that law enforcement agencies performed a check today in Hermitage restoration-storage center Staraya Derevnya. Actions did not affect work of the Hermitage.