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Why was the chairman of KGIOP detained in St. Petersburg – September 22, 2022

Chairman of KGIOP Sergey Makarov
Chairman of KGIOP Sergey MakarovPhoto: author Mikhail Ognev/Fontanka.ru
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The chairman of the Smolninsk Committee for the Protection of Monuments is accused of abuse of authority. It was covered with a wave from the fall of a historic building on Vasilyevsky Island.

Chairman of KGIOP St. Petersburg Sergey Makarov was detained the day before after a search in his office on charges of abuse of authority with grave consequences. Clouds were gathering over the committee from the second that the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, turned his all-seeing eye on him, but in the end, the official was presented with perhaps the loudest and most obvious collapse of his era.

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According to Fontanka, the decision to bring Makarov as a defendant focuses on one episode. At the end of 2019, the head of KGIOP considered the application for the inclusion of the arena building life guards Finnish regiment in the unified state register of cultural heritage. Further, the text is serious: “Deliberately ignoring the existing clear and obvious architectural signs of the historical and urban planning value of the building, the information provided by the applicants about its construction before 1917 and the results of photographic fixation available at KGIOP, clearly exceeding their official powers <...>, personally without involving members of the expert Council illegally approved the conclusion of KGIOP “about the lack of historical and cultural value of the object.” To do this, he allegedly only had enough research, which was provided by the developer LLC “Legend”, that in fact the original building was destroyed in the 1960s.

After that, Makarov refused to include the arena in the list of identified cultural heritage sites. As a result, according to the UK, the developer was given a conclusion that his project of an apartment building complies with the regime of a single development regulation zone – in the sense that the arena can be demolished. It was demolished – by the forces of the already famous company “Pride”. All this is called grave consequences, and therefore, Makarov is presented with n. “c” part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (abuse of official authority, entailing grave consequences).

Fontanka spoke in detail about how in the dust, in protests and in litigation demolished the building arena of the Life Guards of the Finnish Regiment on Bolshoy Prospekt V.O. The problem is that it was not the only object for which the city defenders also fought. For example, the so-called trading baths of Ekimova were demolished almost simultaneously. on the Petrograd side, they argued over the house of Lapin, mourned the house of the merchant Masalev. As a result, all this was packaged in an appeal to the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, who had previously shown interest in protecting historical buildings in St. Petersburg. The result exceeded all expectations: a criminal case was initiated against abuse of power, and the counter-arguments of KGIOP somehow sounded into the void.

After that, the UK did not take its eyes off the city protection agenda in St. Petersburg, since it threw up more and more new stories. The loudest was the dismantling of the courtyard wings of the Saltykova mansion on the Bolshaya Morskaya. This was not the most harmless case anyway, but here it is still nearby beat an activist Oleg Mukhin. The obvious interest of Alexander Bastrykin multiplied by the unwillingness of the prosecutor’s office agree with the Sledkom. As a result, the head of the Investigative Committee showed an unprecedented example of personal participation in investigative measures: without warning, he arrived at Bolshaya Morskaya and summoned an investor for a conversation. The work was stopped, the whole mansion was essentially one big evidence. The investor insisted that he was doing everything according to the letter of the law, but he seemed to be going for a dialogue. The only question was how seriously the IC is set up in relation to the Smolninsk security leadership. This question is no more.

Nikolay Kudin,
Fontanka.ru

Chairman of KGIOP Sergey Makarov
Chairman of KGIOP Sergey MakarovPhoto: author Mikhail Ognev/Fontanka.ru
A photo: Mikhail Ognev/Fontanka.ru

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