All the defendants in high-profile criminal “the case of restorers” – about the embezzlement of public funds in the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation – admitted his guilt and actively repented, offsetting some of the damage. As writes “Kommersant”, this information was published recently in the Moscow city court when considering the appeal of protection of the accused on the trial court’s decision regarding the extension of their arrest.

In particular, the appeal stated that the court of first instance, prolonging the arrest, did not take into account “relevant circumstances”, which appeared in the criminal case, namely the fact that it has no unidentified defendants. “The investigation did not notify the court that all the defendants had pleaded guilty in full and repented of his actions, and three of them released from custody, in connection with than in the case of unidentified persons”, – said the defender.

The newspaper reminds that the first, in October of this year, the jail left the businessman Nikita Kolesnikov, which the court changed the measure of restraint to house arrest. Then, from “Lefortovo”, was released the head of the company “Baltstroy” Dmitry Sergeyev and the Manager of this company Mr. Alexander Kochenov, which, according to the newspaper’s sources, fully admitted his guilt and concluded a pretrial agreement with the investigation, testified on the alleged accomplices.

After that, the other defendants also admitted their involvement in the theft and actively repented, having collected about 10 million rubles to pay off the damages. Recall that, according to preliminary investigation, it is more than 100 million rubles.

Despite this recognition, the Moscow city court left semashkevich with the remorse of the defendants in custody, taking into account the severity of the alleged conduct and the need to end a series of expert studies for the presentation of the final charges.

Thus, in the present of the defendants in custody continue to be Deputy Minister of culture Grigory Pirumov, the head of FSUE “Center for restoration” Oleg Ivanov, Director of the Department of property management and investment policy of the Ministry of culture, Boris Mazo, the head of the FGKU “Directorate for construction, reconstruction and restoration” Boris Tsagaraev and head of projects of JSC “Baltstroy” Mr Swanbeck.

All are accused of fraud in especially large scale, committed in groups. we are Talking about the embezzlement of state funds to work on a number of cultural heritage sites, including the State Hermitage Museum, Novodevichy monastery and Izborsk fortress.

All the defendants in the “case of restorers” admitted his guilt, found out “Kommersant” 29.11.2016

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