Deputy Minister of Culture Pirumov fired six months after arrest

Deputy Minister of Culture Pirumov fired six months after arrest
Grigory Pirumov

Director of the Asset and Liability Management Department of the Ministry of Culture Boris Mazo also wrote the resignation.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed Deputy Minister of Culture Grigory Pirumov, who is accused of embezzlement in the allocation of budget funds for the restoration of cultural heritage. The corresponding decree was published on the official website of legal information.

As previously the CrimeRussia reported, Pirumov, who is under investigation since March 2016, wrote a letter of resignation voluntarily. The same was made by another person involved in the Restorers' case, Director of the Asset and Liability Management Department of the Ministry of Culture Boris Mazo. The decision on dismissal of Mazo has to reach Head of the Ministry of Culture Vladimir Medinsky.

Recall, the defendants in the sensational case are accused of Swindling (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) of the budget allocated for the restoration of cultural heritage. All persons involved in the case initially denied any involvement in the fraud, but then admitted their guilt.

According to the FSB, in 2012, Grigory Pirumov created a criminal group, which members concluded state contracts with close to them commercial structures on the restoration of a number of objects at a higher cost. During that officials received kickbacks. The damage amounts more than 100 million rubles, but the exact amount has not been determined yet.

Currently, Pirumov is placed in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center.

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