Spetsstroy can be wind up after efficiency check
The future of Spetsstroy as a self-governed agency depends on the check results, initiated after the report on the company’s activities
The Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy) and its subordinate enterprises have been checked the efficiency of budget spending. The inspection involved the staff of the President Main Control Department. This was reported by Kommersant, citing sources in the Russian Defense Ministry, to which Spetsstroy abides. The information was confirmed by the source of the newspaper in the Kremlin - auditors should estimate how effectively the agency spent budget funds allocated “in the framework of the state defense order, as well as in other projects - such as the construction of the Vostochniy cosmodrome".
According to Kremlin sources, the reason for check became an Executive Office of the Government’s devastating report on the Spetsstroy activities prepared in the last month. The report reached Vladimir Putin, after which it was sent to the Security Council of the Russian Federation and then to the Head of the Main Presidential Control Directorate Konstantin Chuichenko.
The Kommersant source did not disclose details, citing the secrecy of data. However, the Government and Kremlin sources noted that the check results would affect the Spetsstroy’s future and its further existence as an independent agency.
It should be noted that noise about the Spetsstroy’s future has started simultaneously with the controversial construction of the Vostochniy cosmodrome. In November 2015 the responsible for the space industry Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin reported to the Head of the country that Spetsstroy performed work only at 15-40% of the total amount of contracts entrusting other organizations most of the work on the construction and development of project documentation. Thus, 250 firms that lacking the necessary competency and equipment were involved in the construction of the Vostochniy cosmodrome. Then the conflict was smoothed by the Ministry of Defence promising to establish the activity of the supervised agency.
Earlier this week, according to Kommersant, the Acting Deputy Director of Spetsstroy Alexey Mogilnikov reported at a closed meeting with the Head of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces that only 11 projects out of 83 building in the interests of the Defense Ministry have kept abreast with schedule, while 61 objects were appraised as critical. This information is verified by the auditors of the President Main Control Department.
Spetsstroy answered to the edition’s question about the check that it has cooperated with supervisory authorities.
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