</p> <p /><title /></p> <p>Moscow City Hall awarded illegal<br /> contracts worth more than 4 billion rubles ($66.7 million) as part of<br /> the capital’s flagship renovation program, Russia’s Anti-Monopoly<br /> Service (FAS) has ruled.</p> <p>An audit found that companies were<br /> awarded illegal government tenders to the sum of 4 billion 98 million<br /> rubles, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3331459">Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported.</a></p> <p>The contracts involved improvements to<br /> Moscow’s central Tverskaya Ulitsa in 2016, as well as improvements to<br /> the city’s sidewalks.</p> <p>The FAS investigation found that<br /> tenders were not being evaluated fairly, that bids were being accepted<br /> after government deadlines, and that officials were receiving illegal<br /> financial guarantees from contractors’ banks.</p> <p>Experts told Kommersant that officials<br /> were unable to revoke the contracts as the work has already been<br /> completed. </p> <p>“The contracts cannot be revoked or<br /> declared void by a court,” lawyer Natalya Pantyukhina told the<br /> outlet. “The only way to recover damages due to poorly executed<br /> work is through the court, or by asking the customer to cover<br /> materials such as concrete slabs under a warranty period.”</p> </div> <div class="navigation-inner"><a class="prev-post" href="http://cultureru.com/russias-big-brother-is-trying-to-watch-you-but-is-annoyed-you-wont-let-him/" rel="next">Russia’s Big Brother Is Trying To Watch You (But Is Annoyed You Won’t Let Him.)</a><a class="next-post" href="http://cultureru.com/two-thirds-of-russians-believe-ussr-would-have-won-wwii-without-allied-help/" rel="prev">Two-Thirds of Russians Believe USSR Would Have Won WWII Without Allied Help</a></div> <div class="gap-20"></div> </article><!-- #post-17247 --> </div><!-- #content .wf-cell --> </div><!-- .wf-container --> </div><!-- .wf-wrap --> </div><!-- #main --> <!-- !Bottom-bar --> <div id="bottom-bar" role="contentinfo"> <div class="wf-wrap"> <div class="wf-table wf-mobile-collapsed"> <div class="wf-td"> </div> </div> </div><!-- .wf-wrap --> </div><!-- #bottom-bar --> <a href="#" class="scroll-top"></a> </div><!-- #page --> <script type="text/javascript">(function(w,doc) { if (!w.__utlWdgt ) { w.__utlWdgt = true; var d = doc, s = d.createElement('script'), g = 'getElementsByTagName'; s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.charset='UTF-8'; s.async = true; s.src = ('https:' == w.location.protocol ? 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