Deputy Culture Minister Pirumov and his subordinate, accused of embezzlement, now resign
About six months after the arrest, Ministry of Culture officials involved in the Restorers’ case, resign.
Deputy Culture Minister Gregory Pirumov and Director of Property Management and Investment Policy Department Boris Mazo are going to leave office soon. The officials that have been on the trial over the Restorers’ case since March 2016 wrote their letters of resignation. As reported by TASS, the resignation orders will be signed soon.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev must be the one to dismiss the Deputy Minister, and Mr. Mazo can only leave his post under a decree by Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, the defendants in the loud case had been accused of Swindling (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) of the budget funds allocated to repair objects of cultural heritage. All the defendants who initially firmly denied any involvement in the theft have pleaded guilty in the end.
The FSB’s version claims that in 2012 Gregory Pirumov created a criminal gang that would sign state contracts with commercial structures to restore Novodevichy Convent, A. Pushkin’s Academic Drama Theatre in Pskov, John the Baptist’s Monastery and Museum of Cosmonautics in Kaluga, Izborsk fortress and Kronprinz tower in Kaliningrad, at an exorbitant price. The officials received kickbacks for that. The total estimated damage so far seems to be more than 100 million rubles, while the exact amount is yet to be determined.
Zaur Dadaev, who is imprisoned for the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov, may soon be put in stricter conditions of detention. Being sent for any, sometimes contrived violations of the regime in a punitive confinement (SHIZO), Dadaev is being forced to pass a check on the lie detector and give evidence on the Nemtsov case.
The video showing prisoner being tortured by officers of the Yaroslavl correctional camp No. 1 (IK-1), which was published on July 20, caused a public outcry and the initiation of a criminal case by the Investigative Committee. However, a year ago, an ICR officer found no exceeding of official powers in the video, thus justifying the torture.
A large-scale purge of thieves in law, which started shortly after Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s coming to power, continues in Armenia. After receiving threats of arrests, thieves were taken in custody for carrying weapons and drugs.
However, the thief, who is currently dividing the spheres of influence in Ukraine’s Odessa region with Antimoz Kukhilava through his representatives, has been sentenced in absentia. Mindiya Goradze is not in Georgia at the moment.