New episode of fraud incriminated to former Deputy Minister of Culture Pirumov

New episode of fraud incriminated to former Deputy Minister of Culture Pirumov
Former Deputy Minister of Culture Grigory Pirumov

The ex-official is charged in theft during the restoration of the fortress of Frederick the Great in Kaliningrad.

Former Deputy Minister of Culture Grigory Pirumov is charged with a new episode of fraud. The ex-official is charged with theft in the restoration of the fortress of Frederick the Great in Kaliningrad. This was announced today at a hearing in the Moscow City Court, which hears the defence's appeal on the extension of the accused's arrest.

About previously unknown criminal episode it became known during the announcement of the case file. The amount of theft is not read out by the court. FSB investigators reported that all persons involved in the Restorers’ case are charged upon the final version. The accused will be again interrogated, after which the investigation will be completed.

Meanwhile, the Moscow City Court dismissed the appeal of the defence and upheld the decision of the Lefortovo court of Moscow, according to which the accused will remain in custody until March 15, 2017.

At the hearing it also became known that Gregory Pirumov admitted his guilt on all counts in full, and began to pay damages. Previously, the CrimeRussia reported that all persons involved in high-profile case have pleaded guilty. Thus, Ministry of Culture officials Boris Mazo and Oleg Ivanov gave a confession for theft relating to the restoration of the Novodevichy and Ivanovsky Convents. In addition, the defendants in the Restorers’ case have already paid more than 50 million rubles for the claim of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

According to investigators, in 2012, Pirumov created a criminal group whose members concluded state contracts with false information and inflated the cost of services to perform restoration work in order to steal money. Until today, there are six episodes: embezzlement of funds allocated to the restoration of the ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent, Pskov Drama Theater, St. John the Baptist Monastery, Museum of cosmonautics in Kaluga, Izborsk fortress and manor of Aseevs in Tambov.

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