Expanses for organization of the exhibition totaled 8,494,157 hryvnas and were covered by the funds allocated for Ministry of Culture and Information Policy in the state budget for 2021, says an official response of the Ministry to the information request from ‘Bukvy’.
Opened in April, the exhibition marks the 35 years’ anniversary of Chornobyl disaster. The opening ceremony welcomed the Ukrainian president but bared visitors due Covid protocol.
The procurement records show that 5 million hryvnas of the allocated funds went to Oleksandr Todorchuk company ‘Ukrainski Sotsialni Initsiatyvy’ that won the project bidding while 3,5 million hryvnas were paid to “Expotsentr Ukrainy’ hosting the event.
The Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Information Policy says it a special contest to pick the most creative promotional camgaign materials and the mosts competitive bids for the event that was curated by Gres Todorchuk PR agency.
It is worth noting that companies of Yana Gres and her husband Andriy Fedoriv (Fedoriv Agency) are often cited among winning bidders of big public projects.
Last year, Fedoriv Agency and it collaborator Spiilka design büro drew controversy over use of Russia-originated images for TravelUkraine promotional campaign commissioned by Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture.