The Ministry of the interior issued a rebuttal which appeared yesterday in the media 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 of the Russian Federation the first Deputy Minister 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.

“In connection with the publication in the media of materials about the ongoing Affairs of Russia in the address of the Deputy of the state Duma the activities of the Ministry of culture to announce that the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia were not given the assessment of the presence in the actions of management of the Ministry of culture of signs of any crime”, – said the official representative of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Irina Volk.

The Department explained that in June under similar circumstances reviewed the appeal of the Deputy of the state Duma. 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, the interior Ministry said.

26 Sep RBC journalists wrote about the fact that Aristarkhovich in the system of the Ministry of culture found the abuse of official powers (article 285 of the criminal code) and exceeding official powers (article 286 of the criminal code), citing the official response of the Deputy head of the Ministry of internal Affairs Anatoly Vanechkina at the request of the former Deputy of the state Duma from “Fair Russia” Alexander Ageev.

In response to the ex-MP, which is dated 16 September, Vanichkin wrote that information about the presence of activities Aristarkhovich of signs of structure of crimes came directly from the acting Deputy chief of GU MVD in Moscow Igor Zinoviev (head of the Department of criminal investigation).

The audit materials were sent to the investigative Department of the Investigative Committee in Moscow on the Central administrative district, which shall make the decision in accordance with applicable law.” This investigation Department, as noted Vanichkin previously conducted its own review of information about possible abuses in the Ministry of culture. Whether a criminal case after the inspection of the interior Ministry, the press service of the SC for the Moscow journalists could not tell.

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 Sergeeva, Manager of the company “Baltstroy” Alexander Kochenov and Advisor to the General Director of the company “Linnet-consult” Nikita Kolesnikov.

The interior Ministry denied information about the possible abuse of powers by the Deputy of Medina 27.09.2016

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