Rusgrad’s Actions Might Wreck Innoprom, Ural Exhibition Center Says

The clash between the management of Ural Exhibition Center and the general contractor for the construction of the international exhibition center Yekaterinburg EXPO keeps unfolding in Yekaterinburg.

The two parties disagree radically on the amount to be paid to the general contractor and to the subcontractors for the exhibition center that was put up in 2011. Rusgrad and the subcontractors appealed to Sverdlovsk Region authorities and to the Russian Federation President’s representation for help.

It was reported today that the management of Ural Exhibition Center, in its turn, appealed to the police.

‘We, the management of Ural Exhibition Center, as the owners of Yekaterinburg EXPO International Exhibition Center, acting on the basis of the agreements signed with the contractor, planned the start of the preparations for the Innoprom 2012 exhibition on the premises of Yekaterinburg EXPO in early June. According to the information we have, Rusgrad and subcontractor representatives that used to be involved in the construction process are planning to impede through blocking the entrance to the center from the federal freeway. They are also allegedly planning to enter the premises of the center in order to obstruct the builders’ work.

To make sure no illegitimate actions are taken that might wreck the international exhibition Innoprom (which Sverdlovsk Region Government supports), we ask you to provide police officers and a group of traffic wardens on June 5, 2012 and June 6, 2012 so that the said jobs could be done properly,’ says the letter of Ural Exhibition Center’s Director-General Ernest Yelizarov’s to Head of Yekaterinburg division of Russia’s Internal Affairs Ministry Igor Trifonov.


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