Robert Khairullin, General Director of Management Company Capital-Trust-Invest, LLC (ASG INVEST Group of Companies) spoke about his rich experience in working with historical architectural objects. The company has been recreating and restoring ancient mansions in the center of Kazan, manor centers in Moscow and in the Moscow region.
Within the scope of the PPP agreement, the Company received 26 old mansions in the center of the capital of Tatarstan. In addition, the company is engaged in private collecting, the Great Collection of Fine Arts embraces over 7,000 thousand items. Art masterpieces of world significance are returning to Russia, and after restoration filling the interiors of the revived mansions. This work has been started in 2005.
- In our opinion, it is necessary to create a cult of investments in culture! - said Robert Khairullin. - It is necessary to strengthen the cultural funds of the region and fill with new meanings.
In his speech, he mentioned that an entrepreneur should not only be a philanthropist, but also be able to receive income from his investments. And for this he also needs the support of the society, the state, and an integrated approach to the restoration of objects. Khairullin brought an example of the “Dom Priyomov” (Reception House) complex on Karl Marx Street in Kazan. Here, a space is being created in the interiors of historic mansion, surrounded by authentic objects of XVII - XIX centuries, which promises to become a new point of attraction in Kazan. The new concept involves the opportunity of holding business events, round tables, business meetings, creative evenings. The created environment enables to combine art and business, get a source of income for the development of the project. The organization of the internal space renders the opportunity to hold several events simultaneously. Within centuries historic buildings become more valuable, when the meaning is complemented by integration into the tourist and business environment.
- The importance of tourism and historical heritage communication has come to be realized,-
Robert Khairullin said. - Now they are in a minimal dialogue with each other, and Kazan has set a new trend for the convergence of tourism, culture, business and history. However, with such objects it is difficult to talk about profit: you need to initially consider all the details, the restrictions on existing facilities. We save as much as possible the historical appearance and the building purpose. Our historic sites are restored practically out of ruins!
Robert Khairullin reasoned that CHS requires large investments; and from the start it is very difficult to estimate the required amount of investment. Therefore, according to the ASG Head, the state should rely on greater openness to the investor, permanent dialogue, targeted decisions and a lot of work to reduce the regulatory deadlines. It is important to have a clear roadmap and ensure the rhythm of funding. In addition, the tax aspect is very important: the owners of the CHS, who are responsible for the enormous work on the reconstruction, restoration and maintenance of historical buildings, should have tax preferences.