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.
Clouds are gathering over the ICR general. His former subordinate Aleksey Kramarenko, arrested in late 2017 in the case of a bribe to high-ranking ICR officers from thief in law Zakhary Kalashov, has revealed the involvement of his former immediate superior in the corruption episode.