the Agency for management and use of monuments of history and culture (AUIPIK subordinated to the Ministry of culture) sued the sculptor Zurab Tsereteli in breach of the lease of the property. About RBC said the representative of the Zamoskvoretsky district court of Moscow.
the Case involves a house Stangelj (Lopatin) in Gagarin street, which was rented by Zurab Tsereteli, the first Deputy Director of the Moscow Museum of modern art, Manana Popova (Director of the Museum — Zurab Tsereteli. — RBC). Popova said that the plaintiff had illegally decided to recover from the individual the compensation for non-payment of value added tax (VAT). The Agency requires the sculptor’s payment of VAT for two years in the amount of 265 thousand RUB, as well as a penalty. In the end, the amount of the claim is 1.04 million rubles.
“There’s some strange situation. The law says that VAT is not a natural person may be subject to. And they require a VAT and charge it interest, compensation for lost profits and so on. And what they may have lost profits on VAT? And if they paid for Zurab VAT, they must submit the payment order with a request to compensate it,” said Popova in conversation with RBC.
In response to a request to RBC in the Ministry of culture declared that have no relation to the above claim, but have provided detailed comments on behalf of the press service of the Agency for management and use of monuments of history and culture. In the release, in particular, specifies that the House Lopatina (Stangely) in Gagarin street was leased by Zurab Tsereteli in 2004 by the former owner — the city of Moscow (now the object is in the operational management of the Agency. — RBC). In spite of the agreement, the rent is not received on time and in full. The Agency appealed to the court.
the Hearing on the case scheduled on December 9. Popova said that the lawyers Tsereteli will file a counterclaim.
the fact that the Agency has filed a lawsuit, previously reported by Life. Hearing was appointed on 9 December, stated the edition in a press-service of the court.
In 2006, the Prosecutor’s office already suspected Zurab Tsereteli violations, including tax evasion.
Zurab Tsereteli is the founder of the Moscow Museum of modern art. The Museum owns several buildings in the historic centre of Moscow on Petrovka street, in Ermolaevsky lane, Gogol and Tverskoy boulevards.