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Projects of the Metropolitan of Pskov and Porkhov Tikhon (Shevkunov), who is often called Confessor of Russian President Vladimir Putinreceived at least 20 billion rubles from the state and state-owned companies. This is stated in investigation “Important stories”.
According to the publication, more than half of this amount – 11.1 billion rubles – since 2015 has been directed to finance historical parks. “Russia is my history”opened in 24 Russian cities. These parks were mainly financed from the budgets of the regions, and Gazprom also helped. The most expensive parks are located in St. Petersburg and Tver, they were allocated 1.4 and 1.1 billion rubles, respectively.
Six funds associated with Metropolitan Tikhon, according to their reports for 2019-2021, received 9.15 billion rubles from the state and state-owned companies, as well as through donations, property rentals and ticket sales.
Thus, the My History Foundation received 4.6 billion rubles during this period. He spent most of these funds on another major project of Tikhon – the construction of a historical and architectural park. “Chersonese Tauride” in the Sevastopol. In 2021, the fund allocated 3.4 billion rubles for this.
The main source of financing for the My History fund was the Native Towns fund for supporting social initiatives, which was founded by Gazpromneft. The Native Towns Foundation has recently existed and gives most of its funds to Tikhon’s funds: in 2019, he donated more than a billion rubles to My History, and another three billion in 2021.
At the same time, as Important Stories points out, the founder of the two largest Tikhon funds in terms of turnover – My History and the Humanitarian Projects Fund – is the former legal adviser of Gazprom Neft, Ivan Yesin. The same person in 2013 founded the Smart Group company, which receives contracts from My History, for example, for the reconstruction of the Khersones Museum-Reserve. Now Smart Group is owned by the Humanitarian Projects Foundation and Svetlana Sablina, his former employee.