“From the point of view of the property tax, which constituted the lion’s share of the additional charges, it follows from the definition that, theoretically, the possibility of exemption from this tax would have existed if these paintings had been registered with the Museum Fund. But for some reason this was not done. That is, the property may not be in state ownership, but at the same time be taken into account in the Museum Fund. That is, it is not a transfer of property into state ownership, it is rather an account. ”
Delay in two months
On January 24, the Moscow Arbitration Court held a meeting at the suit of the Federal Tax Service, according to which the department demands to declare the ICR bankrupt. The Center appealed to the court to postpone the proceedings, and it was accepted. The meeting was postponed until April 2. During this time, the ICR must find 59 million rubles, and then the tax service will go to the settlement agreement.
Thus, the organization has about two months left to collect the necessary amount. Another way to solve the problem may be to search for individuals or organizations willing to provide the center with a guarantee sufficient to pay the debt.
At this stage, about 10 million rubles have been collected, which have been donated by organizations sympathizing with the ICR people. Taking into account the penalties that are accrued daily, it remains to collect another 49.9 million rubles. If the money is not found, the court will begin bankruptcy proceedings of the ICR, and, as a result, the sale of its property, including paintings of the Roerichs, with a hammer. The center itself will be liquidated, and it is very likely that the Ministry of Culture of Russia has been achieving this goal for several years. In this regard, the International Center of the Roerichs appeals to everyone who is not indifferent to the culture of Russia and is ready to help, with a request for financial support, which will prevent the sale of cultural property. This is the only way to prolong the existence of the organization, so that it can continue the return of the Roerichs' heritage, as well as restore the activities of the museum, which was destroyed by the Ministry of Culture. Information on donations can be found on the ICR website.
Ministry of Culture against the ICR