Former Deputy Minister of culture was detained on the case of major theft in the Hermitage

© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova in fotobabble Deputy Minister of culture of Russia Grigory Pirumov. Archival photoFormer Deputy Minister of culture was detained on the case of major theft in the Hermitage© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova the image Bank

Former Deputy Minister of culture Gregory Pirumov was again detained on charges of corruption.

This time we are talking about the embezzlement of 450 million rubles in the construction of buildings of the Hermitage, said the official UK representative Svetlana Petrenko.

Also arrested the head of the group of companies «Rospan» Nikita Kolesnikov.

Another defendant is a former Director of the asset management Department of the Ministry of culture Boris Mazo, and Pirumov, held in the «case of restorers».

«According to investigators, the suspects organized to conclude the state contract with no real intention to execute it. Most of the resulting in the advance of funds was listed in the organization under their control,» — said Petrenko.

Investigators together with employees of FSB raided, including homes of the suspects.

Pirumov was a key defendant in the high profile «case of restorers» — the machinations of culture and business, which kidnapped more than a hundred million rubles on the restoration projects of the Novodevichy convent in Moscow Museum of cosmonautics in Kaluga, Ioanno-Predtechensky Cathedral, Drama theatre in Pskov, Izborsk fortress and fortress in Kaliningrad.

In the winter of Dorogomilovsky court of Moscow sentenced him to fifteen years in a General regime colony and was released as the appointed term of imprisonment the former Deputy Minister has already spent in jail.

Only in the case were eight former officials and businessmen. All eventually pleaded guilty, paid the damage and was released. Five court appointed exactly to the time they spent in custody during preliminary investigation, three more received suspended sentences.

© Photo : press service of SK Hobys at the head of the group of companies «Rospan» Nikita KolesnikovFormer Deputy Minister of culture was detained on the case of major theft in the Hermitage© Photo : press service of SK Hobys at the head of the group of companies «Rospan» Nikita Kolesnikov

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