Rotenberg’s company receives tender for anti-corruption activities
The contract of Granat LLC and the Public Chamber amounted to about 46 million rubles ($687,648).
Billionaire Arkady Rotenberg's Granat LLC has won a tender for holding 135 events in 20 regions of Russia aimed at developing civil society and fighting corruption. The total amount of the contract concluded with the Public Chamber amounted to 46 million rubles, the documents posted on the public procurement site indicate.
Events for the development of public control will be held in 2019 in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Crimea, and other subjects of the Russian Federation in the form of 77 round tables, two conferences, 27 public hearings and the same number of seminars, as well as two forums for up to 170 participants. In addition to organizing the events, Granat will have to carry out analytical work, namely, prepare opinion polls and in-depth interviews.
The money for the contractor’s work will be allocated from the federal budget.
In an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station, Deputy Director General of Transparency International-Russia Ilya Shumanov called the contract a piss-take, because “the names of the Rotenberg brothers are often mentioned in the context of kronism and nepotism as certain elements of the corruption models of which Russia is accused.”
It concerns entrepreneur Dmitry Motorin, Boris Usherovich, a co-owner of the Group of Companies 1520, and Novoe Vremya board member, Ivan Stankevich. Motorin is accused of giving a bribe on an especially large scale, and Stankevich and Usherovich are charged with bribe-taking.
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