Austrian bureau Coop Himmelblau works for russian occupants in Crimea

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by sharon mccutcheon

Austrian architectural bureau Coop Himmelblau is participating in the construction of an opera house in occupied Sevastopol. Ukraine is considering the possibility of imposing sanctions against the company and its director, Ukrainian Ambassador to Austria Oleksandr Scherba wrote on Facebook.

“Unfortunately, there is reason to believe that the well-known Austrian architectural bureau Coop Himmelblau is participating in the construction of an opera house in Sevastopol”, – he said. According to Scherba, the rumors about the bureau’s participation in Vladimir putin’s flagship project in the occupied Crimea have been circulating for a while.

“In early October, I called the bureaus’ director, Wolf Prix, and tried to persuade him not to ruin his reputation by participating in this indirect and at the same time unequivocal legitimization of the annexation. Unfortunately, he did not hear my arguments”, Ambassador stressed.

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The director of Coop Himmelblau Wolf Prix

Scherba added that Ukraine’s partners around the world would be notified that a respectable architectural bureau is running dubious businesses with russia’s president.

“Now, when the rumors are vividly confirmed by the russian media, I have no choice but to express regret and inform mister Prix that Ukraine is seriously considering the issue of imposing sanctions against him and his bureau. Our partners around the world will be notified that formerly respectable architectural bureau is now having dubious deals with putin,” Ambassador emphasized.

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