Investigators raid homes of those involved in Hermitage renovation embezzlement
Nikita Kolesnikov, the founder of Savva Group, might be detained following the investigative action.
Investigators came to the founder of Savva Group, Nikita Kolesnikov, with a search warrant. Rosbalt wrote citing a source that the businessman is allegedly involved in the theft during the Hermitage renovation.
The source added that the ICR and the FSB came to Kolesnikov’s detached house in the village of Zhukovka yesterday at about 22:00.
The source said that the searches might result in detention of the businessman. Kolesnikov's lawyers were not allowed to enter the house until the investigator gives the order they may do so. According to Rosbalt, the places of the other defendants are also being searched.Nikita Kolesnikov was also prosecuted in the "Restorers’ case" – a high-profile investigation into the embezzlement during the restoration of the sites of cultural significance. He was sentenced to five a years’ probation in 2017.
Major general Igor Vasiliev, Head of the Engineering Support Service of the Federal Protection Service (FPS), and lieutenant general Ulitin subordinate to him are currently in the middle of a scandal. However, it is unlikely that they lose their posts. Reportedly, the two generals are just the tip of the huge corruption iceberg in the law enforcement structures. This is not the first embezzlement episode in their careers.