11:27 01 Dec 2020

Austrian architectural firm building theater in occupied Sevastopol: Ukraine may impose sanctions

Oleksandr Shcherba

The Austrian architectural firm Coop Himmelblau is involved in Vladimir Putin's flagship project in the Crimea, constructing an opera house in occupied Sevastopol.

Oleksandr Shcherba, Ambassador of Ukraine to Austria, announced this.

"There have been rumors for some time about the participation of the architectural firm Coop Himmelblau in Putin's flagship project in the Crimea, the construction of an opera house in occupied Sevastopol. In early October, I called the bureau's director Wolf Prix and tried to persuade him not to ruin his reputation by taking part in the indirect and unequivocal legitimization of the annexation. Unfortunately, he didn't listen to my arguments," Shcherba wrote on Facebook.

The ambassador noted that Ukraine's partners around the world would be informed that the once respectable architectural bureau is now concluding dubious agreements with the President of the Russian Federation.

"At this stage, when the rumors are vividly confirmed by the Russian media, I have no choice but to express my regret and inform the architect Prix that Ukraine is seriously considering imposing sanctions on him and his bureau. Our partners around the world will be informed that once respectable the architectural bureau is currently concluding dubious agreements with Putin," Shcherba said.

На жаль, є підстави вважати, що відоме австрійське архітектурне бюро "Coop Himmelblau" бере участь у побудові оперного…

Posted by Alexander Scherba on Monday, November 30, 2020

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