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New Year's State Purchases: Table Cover, Caviar and Rap

Peeping at the tenders, we’re unpacking the gifts before the holiday If you do not want to chip in for the New Year's corporate party, work for the state bodies. Holidays here are celebrated at the expense of the state budget, and the gifts are bought from a single supplier. Russiangate found holiday state purchases: “Christmas trees” for officials and other interesting gifts. TABLECLOTH FOR SHOIGU The Ministry of Defense decided to indulge in a gift worth 28 million rubles for the New Year’s...

Russia's Strange State Purchases: Books, Oars, Hearses

A hearse for an administration, a seduction book for the Department of Presidential Affairs and other weird purchases made by official departments (yes, for budget money) State purchases are a constant headache for officials forced to share information about tenders for elite alcohol, luxury cars, gold watches and other public servants' needs. But sometimes on the portal, one can find really strange lots: for example, recently the Department of Presidential Affairs ordered literature on seduction...

Follow the billions invested into a Crimean Children's Camp

... the camp. As well, on the territory of Artek a gas pipeline, boats and hydrofoil disappeared. In January 2009, Artek temporarily halted operations due to financial problems. The government did not support the camp financially, nor did it enter into state contracts with the camp. Artek had to provide for itself, by offering tours. The camp slowly dying, their employees’ salaries were stopped and electricity was almost turned off due to non-payment. The general director of Artek, Boris Novozhilov,...

Suppliers with an accent

... car group (Avilon AG JSV, Moscow) signed four contracts with the Rosgvardia worth 283.8 mln rub. For example, the Guards bought 11 minivans for 36.5 mln rub and 78 vehicles for 103.8 mln rub, without elaboration. In total, the car dealer signed 1712 state contracts worth 21 bln rub from 2011 to June 2017. Before supplying the Rosgvardia, the company had worked with the Interior ministry. Their last contract was finalized in February 2017: the company supplied a motorbike “designed for police” ...

Corruption in the Ministry for Emergencies

... bln rub. According to the report , in 2014-2016 the ministry’s new employees in charge of state purchases did not have corresponding training in state purchasing or placing the orders. The timing of purchases, signing of agreements and striking the state contracts had been violated. The overpricing during purchase of 110 firefighting vehicles was also revealed: they were bought for 15 and 16.6 mln rub though their average price was 6.6 mln rub. In 2015, the federal support Center bought four special ...

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