Former Deputy Minister of Culture Pirumov detained within new embezzlement case

Former Deputy Minister of Culture Pirumov detained within new embezzlement case
Grigory Pirumov

Earlier, the official was convicted of fraud.

Former Deputy Minister of Culture Grigory Pirumov is detained by law enforcement bodies. As reported by the ICR, he became a defendant in the case of $7.2m-embezzlement allocated for the construction of a complex of buildings and the Hermitage depository.

Also, the investigators together with the FSB detained Nikita Kolesnikov, the head of the Rospan Group, after the searches. Another person involved in the case is former director of the Ministry of Culture property management department Boris Mazo, the Service reports.

All of them are suspected of state contract conclusion "without a real intention to fulfill it." Most of the funds allocated for payment for work were siphoned off through fly-by-night firms.

Earlier it was reported that suspects' apartments were searched on 16 and 17 May. The criminal case was initiated under part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Swindling committed by an organized group on an especially large scale).

As for Pirumov, he was found guilty of $2.6m-embezzlement in the so-called Restorers' case in October 2017. The official was jailed for one year and six months of a strict regime colony. However, he was released in the courtroom out of a served term. The Prosecutor's Office asked to sentence the ex-official to five years in prison. Pirumov pleaded guilty; his case was examined in a special order.

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