The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM rebuts results of the study into spending of money by ROSATOM presented by environmentalists and human rights activists on Friday, Sergey Novikov, an agency representative, told Echo of Moscow radio broadcasting.
A conclusion on broad corruption opportunities in the ROSATOM governmental procurement system is presented in a new study published by the Center of Anti-corruption Research of Transparency and Ecodefense group. In particular, ROSATOM procurement is not subject to the law “On supply of goods, execution of works and rendering services for federal and municipal needs” because of a special status the corporation has, the study says, as Gazeta.Ru wrote extensively on Friday.
“The first rebuke Transparency International Russia puts forward is that ROSATOM allegedly does not act according to the federal procurement law. This is not true. All purchases paid for out of the federal budget are carried out in accordance with norms and requirements of this law. While the purchases ROSATOM pays for out of its own budget are carried out in accordance with a specially developed procurement standard,” Novikov noted.
Monitoring of 200 sample procurement deals demonstrated multiple violations of the standard, in particular, violations that took place when a way of order placement was selected along with a lack of cost estimates of works procurement for construction and repair of buildings and structures (available for one order only), the analysts write. Violations of standards were revealed in case of 83 purchases, or 27% of total and 41% of the 200 purchases which were studied in detail.
In their report the experts note the absence of external control over ROSATOM divisions’ procurement activities. “Regarding majority of governmental structures, this control is exercised by the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), which does not have similar authorities in case of state corporations,” the study explains. “It is absolutely wrong, Novikov rebukes. “Because in the Internet there is a lot of information on results of inspections which are continuously carried out by the Prosecutors General and Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation. All these reports are publicly accessible.”