MOSCOW, September 24 (RAPSI) – Prosecutors have made submissions to the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Archaeology and Culture Ministry concerning numerous breaches of legislation on protection of archaeological monuments revealed during an inspection, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office reports Monday.
Measures to remedy violations have been already taken upon the results of the submissions’ consideration, the statement reads.
The Prosecutor General’s Office claims the Culture Ministry has not performed its regulating functions up to par, including issuance of acts deciding an order of transfer of archaeological finds to the Museum Fund of the Russian Federation.
Moreover, the ministry has not complied with the legislative requirements to an assessment procedure for experts conducting a state historical and cultural study and issuance of permits to archaeological excavations. It was also found that the ministry failed to certify experts engaged in the state historical and cultural study of archaeological resources.
The Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Archaeology in turn has improperly prepared authorization documentation for archeological studies, the above-mentioned evaluation and promotion of the research results and archive storage of scientific matters, according to prosecutors.
Six culture and science officials were subject to disciplinary actions, the statement reads.