Former official of Russian Ministry of Culture detained in Austria at request of Spain

Former official of Russian Ministry of Culture detained in Austria at request of Spain
Boris Mazo

The defendant in the “restorers’ case” was accused of money laundering abroad.

Austria has detained at the request of Spain a former senior official of the Russian Ministry of Culture on suspicion of money laundering. His ex-wife and son were detained in the Spanish region of Costa del Sol, the website of the Spanish police reports. According to TASS and Interfax, the detained person is the ex-director of the Department of Property Management and Investment Policy of the Ministry of Culture, Boris Mazo.

According to the Spanish National Police, apart from the Mazo family, a Spanish citizen, a lawyer from a Marbella law firm, was detained in a case of money laundering. According to investigators, in 2015 a company associated with Mazo bought a luxury villa in Marbella for 4 million euros, obtained by an ex-official in Russia by criminal means. 

The court seized a car worth about 100,000 Euros, 160,000 Euros in bank accounts and cash, as well as jewelry and some documentation from Mazo.

In Russia, Maso is a defendant in the criminal “case of restorers.” He was accused of embezzlement of at least 450 million rubles ($ 7 million) allocated for the reconstruction of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The court sentenced the ex-official to one and a half years imprisonment with a fine of 250,000 rubles ($ 4,000), but Mazo managed to flee to Spain before being taken into custody.

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