House arrest of Hermitage deputy head prolonged for three months

House arrest of Hermitage deputy head prolonged for three months
Deputy director of the Hermitage Mikhail Novikov

Mikhail Novikov is a defendant in the case over embezzlements on especially large scale at implementation of contracts in the Spare house of the Winter Palace.

The Lefortovo Court of Moscow prolonged house arrest to deputy director of the State Hermitage Mikhail Novikov till August 28. At the same time, the defendant in the case over multimillion embezzlements at the implementation of contracts in the Spare house of the Winter Palace is allowed to go on two-hour walks in the house adjoining territory.

The court session at the request of prosecutor's office took place behind closed doors, the investigation and defense supported this petition.

To recall, Novikov was placed under house arrest on March 28, 2017. The other day it became known that the deputy director transferred the first funds to the account of the state museum within compensation of the caused damage.

On April 5 the Investigation Department of the Federal Security Service (FSB) recognized the State Hermitage a victim in the case against deputy director of the museum Mikhail Novikov accused of embezzlements at restoration of the former Spare house of the Winter Palace.

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