In 2015, Academician Pivovarov became a defendant in a negligence case due to a fire at INION, and two years later he was suspected of fictitious employment of two employees. The scientist denied guilt
The Investigative Committee filed a petition with the Basmanny Court for the arrest in absentia of the former director of the Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) of the Russian Academy of Sciences Yuri Pivovarov in the case of embezzlement. The case card is published on the court website.
The Basmanny Court confirmed receipt of the petition to RBC.
Criminal case against Pivovarov under Part 4 of Art. 159 Criminal Codes were opened in March 2017. The scientist said that he was suspected of hiring two employees who actually did not work, but at the same time received a salary. According to investigators, one of them was paid 1 million rubles, the other— 500 thousand rubles
At that time, the ex-director of the institute said that the institution had been checking its financial activities for several months, the premises of INION were searched, and his foreign passport was confiscated from him. In addition, according to Pivovarov, the investigators came to his mother's apartment and to the apartment at the place of registration, where he does not live.
Pivovarov headed INION in 1998. On January 30, 2015, a fire broke out in the building of the institute, as a result, thousands of books were damaged, part of the building was destroyed. In April of the same year, Pivovarov, who at that time left the post of director and assumed the position of scientific director of the institute, was charged with negligence. The scientist denied his guilt and emphasized that, in conditions of insufficient funding, he could not ensure the fire safety of the building.
Until 2015, INION and its library were located at the address: Nakhimovsky Prospect, 51, next to the Profsoyuznaya metro station; . After the fire, the Institute moved to Krzhizhanovsky Street. In March 2019, INION employees told RBC that the Ministry of Education and Science offered the institute to give up the rights of the developer to the burned-out building.
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Pivovarov— political scientist and historian, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, doctor of political sciences, author of more than 500 scientific publications. On the website of INION, he is also listed as the scientific director of the institute.
In April 2017, the Free Historical Society (founded in 2014 by scientists in the humanities) supported Pivovarov, stating that criminal cases against him were opened on political reasons.
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