There are grounds to suppose that well-known Austrian architectural firm Coop Himmelblau participates in the construction of the opera house in Sevastopol, as Ambassador of Ukraine to Austria Oleksandr Shcherba reported on Facebook.
“For some time, there are rumors about the participation of architectural firm Coop Himmelblau in the flagship project of Putin in Crimea – the construction of the opera house in occupied Sevastopol. At the beginning of October, I called up the director of the bureau Wolf Prix and tried to convince him not to destroy his reputation by participation in this indirect and meanwhile definite legitimization of the annexation. Unfortunately, he did not listen to my arguments,” the Ukrainian diplomat noted.
According to him, the rumors about the participation of the Austrian Coop Himmelblau in the construction of the cultural object in Crimea are confirmed by the Russian mass media.
Shcherba expressed regret due to this fact and noted that Ukraine seriously considers the imposition of the sanctions against Mr. Prix and his bureau.
“Our partners all over the world would be informed that formerly respectable architectural bureau concludes fishy dealings with Putin,” the ambassador added.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, invading the Ukrainian peninsula and holding the illegal referendum; based on its trumped-up results, the Russian Parliament decided to approve the "reunification" of Crimea with mainland Russia. Ukraine, in turn, defined February 20, 2014, as the beginning of the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. Western governments and organizations NGOs do not recognize the act of annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula.