MPs, public activists ask PM to initiate process of compensation of damage done to Hostynny Dvir building in Kyiv by constructor
KYIV. May 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian MPs Ihor Lutsenko (Batkivschyna) and Natalia Novak (Petro Poroshenko Bloc) and public activists have addressed Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and the State Property Fund (SPF) asking to start the process of compensating a damage caused to the Hostynny Dvir building located in Kontraktova Square in Kyiv by the constructor. "We appeal to Groysman and the State Property Fund, which should keep Hostynny Dvir on its balance sheet, with a request to take all necessary actions jointly with the Prosecutor General's Office in order to receive compensation in the amount of damages caused by the constructor to this facility. I recall that Mr. Yanukovych's "manager" [the alleged developer of the Hostynny Dvir Andriy Kravets] has a business: gas refueling stations, a construction site on Poshtova Square. He has enough assets to seek material reimbursement," Lutsenko said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday. According to him, delaying the application for compensation may become an argument in favor of the developer if he filed a lawsuit against the state, demanding compensation for the funds invested in the facility. "Then the discussion can be at a different level, unprofitable for the state," the People's Deputy said. At the same time, he said that the Cabinet of Ministers and the SPF should transfer the Hostynny Dvir to the balance of Kyiv city, so that the city had the grounds to lay funds for the restoration of the building in the budget for 2019. "The question to the Cabinet and the SPF is to initiate the transfer process as soon as possible. If the process of transfer from state ownership to communal ownership is not completed before the end of the year, then the Kyiv City Council will have no reason to provide money in the budget to save Hostynny Dvir, and it will be further to collapse," Lutsenko said. He recalled that the city council had already announced its readiness to receive the said on the city's balance sheet, having passed a corresponding decision in November 2017. "The Kyiv territorial community has a fairly serious budget and, taking into account the statements of the city authorities and the decision of the Kyiv City Council [on the consent to take the Hostynny Dvir to the balance sheet of Kyiv city] there is a formal and actual willingness to take the Hostynny Dvir into the ownership of the city," the people's deputy said. He also expressed the hope that the Verkhovna Rada will consider bill No. 822 amending certain laws of Ukraine on improving the system of protection of cultural heritage at the next plenary week. In particular, the document suggests the introduction of a procedure for the compulsory purchase of facilities of cultural heritage if the rules of their operation are violated. As reported, the Supreme Court of Ukraine on May 8 upheld the decision to return the building of the Hostynny Dvir located in the Kontraktova Square to state ownership.