Defendant in Culture Ministry embezzlement case put under house arrest
MOSCOW, August 4 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – Moscow’s Lefortovsky District Court has released businessman Nikita Kolesnikov, charged in the case over embezzlement of budgetary funds allocated for restoration of cultural heritage objects, from jail and put him under house arrest until October 16, the court’s spokesperson Yekaterina Krasnova told RAPSI on Thursday.
Earlier, Deputy Minister of Culture Grigory Pirumov, director of the Ministry’s department of property management and investment policy Boris Mazo, head of the Center of restoration Oleg Ivanov, head of BaltStroy Dmitry Sergeyev and the company’s manager Alexander Kochenov, businessman Nikita Kolesnikov, head of a state-owned “Directorate for construction, reconstruction and restoration” Boris Tsagarayev and project manager of companies “Stroykomplekt” and “Baltstroy” Vladimir Svanbek have been arrested and put in detention in the so-called “case of restorers”.
Moreover, the court ordered seizure of assets belonging to Mazo and Pirumov.
The defendants stand charged with embezzlement of more than 100 million rubles (about $1.5 million). The investigation has presumably started basing on a report by the Auditing Chamber on restoration of the Izborsk Fortress in the Pskov region presented yet in 2013; however, it may also involve such cultural heritage sites as the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow, as well as works carried out at the Ivanovsky Convent in Moscow, and a theater in Pskov.