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.
First, 19-year-old Artur Gadzhiev tried to set fire to the Severny shopping center, then he began to attack the visitors with an ax and a knife, and later, after running outside, he stabbed random people in the street. Four out of the seven wounded are severely injured.
The woman said she has remained silent because she was afraid she and her daughter might have been killed. However, she decided to give the information away after the investigator who investigated the murder mysteriously died.
The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, which had previously approved an indictment in a high-profile bootlegging case against billionaire and Forum St Petersburg Group of Companies CEO Dmitry Mikhalchenko, is now demanding the Russian Supreme Court to change the initial jurisdiction.