Restorers' case defenfants to return $2.8 million to budget
Officials of the Ministry of Culture are to pay 50 million rubles ($846 thousand), the rest of the damage caused to the treasury will be paid by businessmen.
The defendants of so-called Restorers’ case accused of embezzlement of public funds, allocated for the restoration of cultural heritage sites, must pay 167 million rubles ($2.8m) to the State. According to Life, it is this amount of damage that is indicated in the materials of the criminal case. The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation expressed its claims to the accused.
The defendants of the case hoping for indulgence in court are already reimbursing the stolen money. Thus, the former officials of the ministry have paid about 30 million rubles ($508 thousand). Ex-Deputy Minister of Culture Grigory Pirumov reimbursed about 24 million rubles ($406 thousand), director of Property Management and Investment Policy Department of the Ministry of Culture Boris Mazo – 5 million ($84 thousand), the head of FSUE Restoration Center Oleg Ivanov – 1 million rubles ($16 thousand). In total ex-officials are charged approximately 50 million rubles ($846 thousand).
Businessman should return the rest of the damages caused to the treasury. About 100 million rubles are to be given by director of Baltstroy Dmitry Sergeev and its manager Alexander Kochenov. Nikita Kolesnikov, adviser to the general director of Linnit-Consult, and two other defendants will absorb 20 million rubles of the damage ($338 thousand).
As The CrimeRussia previously reported, key figures of the high-profile criminal case fully or partially confessed to the crimes they are accused of.
The defendants of the criminal case on embezzlement of public funds allocated for the restoration of cultural heritage objects are former Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Grigory Pirumov, Director of Baltstroy Dmitry Sergeev, manager of this company Alexander Kochenov, project manager Vladimir Svanbek, Director of Property Management and Investment Policy Department of the Ministry of Culture Boris Mazo, Adviser to the General Director of LLC Linnit-Consult Nikita Kolesnikov, Head of the Directorate for Construction, Reconstruction and Restoration of the Ministry of Culture Boris Tsagaraev and Project Manager of LLC Stroykomplekt Vladimir Svanbek. Everyone was charged under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Swindling committed by an organized group on an especially large scale). Everyone, except for Kolesnikov, Kochenov and Tsagaraev are in custody.
According to the investigation, in 2012 Pirumov created a criminal group, whose participants entered into state contracts with inaccurate information and excessive cost of services for restoration work to steal money. There are 7 episodes In the case: embezzlement of funds allocated for the restoration work of the ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent, the Drama Theater in Pskov, the Ioanno-Predtechensky Monastery, the Cosmonautics Museum in Kaluga, the Izborsk Fortress, the Aseevs' Estate in Tambov and the fortress of Frederick the Great in Kaliningrad.
By the moment the investigation has been completed. The defendants of Restorers’ case are getting familiarized with the case files and material evidence.
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