Corruption Weekly: November 27 - December 1

Russiangate publishes digest of the most important media investigations.
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November 27, Team 29 told how authorities use non-commercial organizations dependent on them. The state provides NCOs with facilities, grants, subsidies, contracts, in exchange for lobbying the ‘right’ initiatives.

In the report, journalists refer to the Mars field in St. Petersburg, which in August of this year was excluded from the list of Hyde Parks (places for rallies). Earlier, public organizations complained that the protesters, according to governor Poltavchenko "were skipping on gravestones", as there is the memorial of the revolutionaries on the square of the park.

The story seems ordinary: citizens demand changes, and the authorities agree with it. In fact, indignant NGOs are dependent on the city’s government.

On November 29, the Washington Post came out with a story about a private residence of Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska. The house is located in the elite district of Washington (where the American Vice President, Mike Pence, and former adviser to Bill Clinton, Vernon Jordan, live). In 2006, the mansion was sold for $15 million.

It is noteworthy that the US State Department repeatedly denied Deripaska in receiving an American visa. In 2008, he entered the US as part of a deal with the FBI, and in the period of 2011-2014, he visited the country 8 times with a diplomatic visa.

November 30, Transparency International published a text about famous TV host of the major comedy youth club’s TV program (KVN), Alexander Maslyakov. In 1964, he started his career on TV as a host, and in 1990, he became the leader of the comedy youth club acting throughout the country (‘Alexander Maslyakov and Co’ owns exclusive rights on the KVN brand).

In 2011, President Vladimir Putin presented KVN with a facility lacated in Maryina Roshcha, Moscow center. It was a transfer of a facility to the State Unitary Enterprise Moscow Youth Center Planeta KVN for budgetary money, which is also headed by Maslyakov. In addition, in 2015, he became an individual entrepreneur, despite the fact that the law does not allow managers of state facilities to run a business.

A year earlier, AMiK company (headed by Alexander Maslyakov, Jr.) and Planeta KVN together founded LLC Dom KVN (The house of KVN). The journalists draw attention to the fact of a conflict of interest. A year later, Dom KVN, as the owner of the building in Maryina Roshcha, received a 694-million-ruble land plot of 6,326 square meters in use for 49 years. Thus, the state property and the land were transferred to private individuals.

In May of this year, the Moscow prosecutor's office reported that it was the Moscow City Property Department that had agreed the transaction. Transparency challenged the decision in the Prosecutor General's Office. As a result, Maslyakov was dismissed from a post of director of the State Unitary Enterprise.

December 1, Meduza came out with an investigation telling about Medpolimerprom group of companies, which became the only supplier of plastic products for Russian hospitals till 2024. A source said that conditions of the tender were made in order to allow the only company to take part in it. Major producers of plastic products tried to register in the tender, yet only Medpolimerprom managed to do it.

There are the reasons to think that 60 percent of the company belongs to Evgeny Spector, the former head of the board of directors of PharmaVAM, founded by his father-in-law and businessman Mark Balazovsky. After leaving the company, he began to lobby for import substitution in the pharma market. Soon he was invited to attend meetings of specialized working groups in the government. During such meetings, the monopoly position of Medpolimerprom and other topics were discussed.

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