Restorers’ case: businessman Kolesnikov got suspended sentence
In addition, the entrepreneur will be obliged to pay a fine of 800 thousand rubles ($13.500).
The Dorogomilovsky Court of Moscow held a hearing on Thursday, July 20 of one of the defendants on Restorers’ case businessman Nikita Kolesnikov. The court found the businessman guilty of fraud in a particularly large scale and sentenced him to five years probation, as well as a fine of 800 thousand rubles, Interfax reports.
It is noteworthy that the Kolesnikov’s case was considered in a special order, since he fully admitted his guilt, reimbursed the damage to the state and concluded a pre-trial agreement.
The key person involved in the case was former Deputy Minister of Culture Grigory Pirumov, who is charged with the theft of funds allocated from the budget for the restoration of a number of cultural sites, such as the Pskov Drama Theater, the Novodevichy Convent, the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Moscow, the Astronautics Museum in Kaluga and the Izborsk Fortress. The damage from the criminal activity of an official is estimated at 100 million rubles ($1.7m).
In addition, as the CrimeRussia previously wrote, Pirumov is charged with organizing a criminal group, whose participants overstated the cost of restoration work at the Novodevichy Convent and forged documents on their implementation.