Fifth count in case of Deputy Minister of Culture related to Kronprinz tower in Kaliningrad
In the Lefortovo court at a closed hearing of the case of the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Culture Gregory Pirumov there was extended period of arrest for four defendants in the case, including Pirumov. The ground for new count in Pirumov's case did not opened, citing to the secrecy of the investigation. One of the lawyers suggested that it is referred to Izborsk fortress.
However, this information has not been confirmed, but a source, close to the investigation, told Kommersant that the new count of the criminal case of embezzelments in the Ministry of Culture is reffered to the restoration of the tower Kronprinz in Kaliningrad.
Cultural monument is now managed by National Centre for Contemporary Arts (the NCCA), in a building of which searches have recently been carried out by the FSB and there were seized documents on the restoration of the tower Kronprinz.
The contractor became the Restoration project company. According to preliminary estimates of the FSB investigators, actions of Pirumov's criminal group inflicted damage to the state in the amount of not less than 150 million rubles.
In addition, the investigation has evidence of embezzelments of large sums allocated for the restoration of a number of cultural monuments, commited by former officials of the Ministry of Culture for the period starting in 2012. Among them there are the Pskov Drama theater, Novodevichy Monastery, Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Moscow, Museum of Cosmonautics in Kaluga.
Beside Gregory Pirumov, defendants on the case are the Head of Federal State Unitary Enterprise Center of restoration Oleg Ivanov, the CEO of Baltstroy Dmitry Sergeev, the BaltStroy Deputy of CEO Alexander Kochenov, the Head of Property Management and Investment Policy Department of the Ministry of Culture Boris Mazo, the businessman Nikita Kolesnikov, the Head of LLC Strojkomplekt and JSCo Baltstroy Vladimir Svanbek and the Head of Federal State Unitary Enterprise Directorate for Construction, Reconstruction and Restoration Boris Tsagaraev.
Corruption is overwhelming in the Republic of Bashkortostan. It infiltrates all branches of power. The recent arrests in the Bashkir Prosecutor’s Office clearly show that justice can be bought and sold there, while the verdict of Themis depends only on the purse size. All powerful officials and businessmen in the republic know how much it costs to institute or dismiss a case. After the replacement of the regional head, the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation has found out that not only the supreme authorities of the Republican Prosecutor’s Office are involved in the corruption scheme – but judges and high-ranked police commanders as well. What officials have sullied their reputation with bribe-taking and are going to fall victims to yet another sweeping purge? What are millions of rubles paid for? What is the true scale of corruption in the region – champion among national republics by that parameter?