Wife of Deputy Minister Pirumov requested her seized money back

Wife of Deputy Minister Pirumov requested her seized money back
Grigory Pirumov Photo: Sergey Savostyanov/TASS

The wife of former Deputy Minister of Culture Grigory Pirumov asked the court to give her money, seized from her during the search, TASS reports.

Hearings in the case of the ex-deputy minister were held today at the Dorogomilovsky Court of Moscow; the former minister is accused of embezzling money allocated for the restoration of cultural heritage objects. Previously, the court satisfied the defendants’ petitions on hearing the criminal case under the special procedure. That is, the judge will not question the witnesses and examine the evidence in the case.

Tatyana Pirumova said in court that she and her daughter did not have any money, so they had to borrow heavily to compensate for the damage in the criminal case. After that, she asked the court to give her seized money back. She also recalled that her spouse had pleaded guilty and reimbursed the damage, therefore she asked the court not to impose excessive punishment on him.

Grigory Pirumov is charged with embezzlement of 168 million rubles ($2.89 million) allocated for the restoration of cultural heritage objects. Previously, the Ministry of Culture withdrew the claim for recovery of funds, because all the defendants of the case had already compensated the damage during the preliminary investigation.

According to the investigation, in 2012, Pirumov created a crime group, the members of which would conclude state contracts, providing inaccurate information, as well as overstating the cost of services for the implementation of restoration work. The officials would make money on the restoration of several objects, including the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow, 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.

Apart from Pirumov, former Head of the Department of Property Management and Investment Policy of the Ministry of Culture Boris Mazo, company manager of Baltstroy Aleksandr Kochenov, Head of the Directorate for Construction, Reconstruction and Restoration of the Ministry of Culture Boris Tsagaraev, and Stroykomplekt LLC Project Manager Vladimir Svanbek are also accused of embezzlement.

All defendants have pleaded guilty.

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