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.
The company RK-Aktivy, which was supposed to deal with real estate and non-core assets of Roscosmos, has not concluded a single contract since 2016. At the same time, the company management and staff received salary.