Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev declared the remark to the Deputy Minister of culture Vladimir Aristarhova in accordance with article 59 of the Federal law “On state civil service of the Russian Federation”. The corresponding decree published on the portal of legal information 7 Oct.
No explanation in this document are given. Mentioned in this article describes the penalties for failure to comply with restrictions and prohibitions, requirements on prevention or settlement of conflict of interests and failure to perform duties prescribed in order to counter corruption, says Forbes.ru.
Later in the day, the press service of the Ministry of culture was notified that the comment to the first Deputy Vladimir Medinsky announced in connection with the inaccuracies in the Declaration on the income, but all the errors have been corrected, and Aristarkhov “will draw the appropriate conclusions” from observations of Medvedev and “will take this into account in future work”, reports “Interfax”.
Aristarkhov is responsible for a wide range of issues, “he is responsible for three departments,” he added in a press-service, adding that “recently, the results of their work Aristarkhov was awarded the Order of friendship.”
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On September 27 the Ministry of internal Affairs has acted with a refutation published a day earlier by the Agency RBC information that the audit staff of the Main Directorate of economic security and counteraction of corruption (Guebipk) of the MIA of activities of officials of the Ministry of culture in the work of Vladimir Aristarkhov and his brother Andrew, who held until recently a post of the General Director of JSC “Restoration company”, was found signs of crimes under two articles of the Criminal code: abuse of official powers (article 285) and exceeding official powers (article 286).
The interior Ministry explained that in June under similar circumstances reviewed the appeal of the Deputy of the state Duma, and in this regard, the newly received treatment other Deputy on 4 August was sent to the investigative body to be attached to the materials testing and decision-making in accordance with the requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation.
RBC in the publication of September 26, referred to in the official response to Deputy interior Minister Anatoly Vanechkina at the request of the now former Deputy of the state Duma from “Fair Russia” Alexander Ageev, dated September 16, which reported that information about the activities Aristarkhovich of signs of structure of crimes came directly from the acting Deputy chief of GU MVD in Moscow, head of the Moore Igor Zinoviev.
In the publication it was reported that the audit materials were sent to the investigative Department of the Investigative Committee in Moscow on the Central administrative district, previously conducted its own review of information about possible abuses of the Ministry of culture for decision “in accordance with applicable law.”
A conflict of interest
In its request to the interior Ministry on July 19, Ageev wrote about a possible conflict of interest in the activities of the brothers Aristarkhovich in their posts. He also pointed to possible abuses in bidding for a state contract for the restoration and repair of objects of culture. These contests, which were organized by the Ministry of culture, has won three of the structure – joint-stock company “the Restoration company”, joint-stock company “Interregional scientific restoration artistic management” (mnru) and joint-stock company memorials “Spetsproektrestavratsiya”.
Ageev noted that all of these companies affiliated with the Ministry of culture. The Agency initiated their shareholding, after which they were to unite into one big structure restoration under the guise of “Restoration companies”.
The idea to create a single restoration center officials of the Ministry of culture said in early June 2015, but the enterprises in the end did not happen. However, the three mentioned companies were at the competitions of the Ministry of culture as the only contenders for the contract and the period from September 2015 to March 2016 won competitions for a total of about 1.8 billion rubles.
July 5 in the media appeared the information that Andrey Aristarkhov left the post of Director General of “Restoration companies”. His dismissal was preceded by another appeal to state Duma deputies to the Prosecutor with a request to check the activities of the brothers Aristarkhovich the presence of a conflict of interest.
A representative of the company Ekaterina Khomyakova then said that Aristarkhov 25 APR wrote a statement of resignation, which was accepted on 1 July. According to her, “the statement was written with the purpose of prevention of conflict of interest that could arise in connection with the incident in the beginning of this year, the Ministry of culture of Russia redistribution of power”.
Oversee construction and real estate sector in the Ministry of culture has instructed the Deputy Minister Nikolai Malakov. During holidays or illness of his / her authority to sign documents related to the work including “Restoration companies” would go to Vladimir Aristarhova, and this is a direct conflict of interests, Khomyakov said.
The interlocutor of RBC in the Ministry noted that Aristarkhov resigned after a complaint of deputies of the state Duma on him and his brother in law enforcement agencies with the requirement to check their activity on the presence of conflict of interest. MPs Sergey Obukhov and Valery Rashkin (both from the Communist party) has noticed that “the Restoration company” under the leadership of Andrew Aristarkhova won the tenders of the Ministry of culture during the work of his brother Wladimir in the Department.
The procurement website to confirm this information. According to RBC, headed by Andrey Aristarkhov company in the autumn 2014 to March 2016 signed state contracts for restoration in the amount of 1.2 billion rubles. According to the Ministry of culture, in General, in 2013 from the budget for restoration of monuments of history and culture it has been allocated 7,7 billion roubles, in 2014 to 9.5 billion in 2015 9.7 billion in 2016 for these purposes will allocate some 6 billion rubles.
Earlier in the press service of the Ministry of culture said that “the Restoration company” are not subordinated to the Ministry structure, and Vladimir Aristarkhov “never was in charge of repair, construction and restoration of objects.” In this regard, to speak about conflict of interest in the Ministry of culture considered “incorrect”.
In 2015, Andrey Aristarkhov told reporters that his appointment was not inspired by brother. The businessman also claimed that “Restoration companies” do not have culture, a direct relationship and deal with the restoration of objects of both local and Federal levels.
In 2016, several high-ranking officials of the Ministry of culture became involved in criminal cases. In March, FSB operatives were detainedand arrested after Deputy Minister Grigory Pirumov. The official was detained on the case of major embezzlement in the restoration of monuments of history – the Novodevichy monastery, the Drama theatre in Pskov, St. John the Baptist monastery and Museum of Cosmonautics in Kaluga.
Along with Pirumova investigators arrested five people: the Director of the asset management Department of the Ministry of culture Boris Mazo, Director Tsentrrestavratsiya Oleg Ivanov, Director of the company “Baltstroy” Dmitry Sergeev, managing company “Baltstroy” Alexander Kochenov and Advisor to the General Director of the company “Linnet-consult” Nikita Kolesnikov.