Culture Ministry embezzlement case filed with Moscow court
MOSCOW, August 25 (RAPSI) – The so-called “case of restorers” launched against an organized criminal group charged with embezzlement of about 164 million rubles (about $2.8 million) was filed to the Moscow's Dorogomilovsky District Court, the Prosecutor General’s Office stated on Friday.
On June 6, it was revealed that former Deputy Minister of Culture Grigory Pirumov and other defendants in the case paid about 163 million rubles in damages (about $2.7 million).
In March 2016, Pirumov, head of the Center of restoration Oleg Ivanov, director of the Ministry’s department of property management and investment policy Boris Mazo, 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 were arrested.
Kolesnikov was later put under house arrest while Kochenov was released on ten million rubles ($176,500) bail.
In November 2016, Komersant newspaper reported that some of the defendants, including Deputy Culture Minister Grigory Pirumov, pleaded guilty.
Investigators believe that in 2012-2016 the defendants embezzled over 164 million rubles allocated on restoration of the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow, Ivanovsky Convent in Moscow and other objects across Russia.
In December, Dmitry Medvedev, the Chairman of the Russian Government, relieved Pirumov of his post.