Deputy Minister of culture Grigory Pirumov, who was arrested on resonant case of the theft of millions, wrote a letter of resignation at own will. Informed sources said that the order about resignation of the official will be released soon.

The Agency refused to comment this information. “Before the court decision, the Ministry of culture has not commented on the situation with the state Secretary, Deputy Minister of culture Gregory Pirumov,” – said the press service of the Ministry.

A criminal case against several leaders of the culture associated with the embezzlement of state funds allocated for work on a number of objects of cultural heritageincluding the Hermitage Museum, Novodevichy monastery and Izborsk fortress, was initiated in March of this year. Gregory Pirumov was charged with in the organization especially large fraud group. he was found and arrested, account for tens of millions of rubles.

The investigation made the arrest of the Deputy Minister of culture Pirumov, Director of the Department of property management and investment policy of the Ministry of culture Boris Mazo, Director Tsentrrestavratsiya under the Ministry of culture, Oleg Ivanov, Director of the construction company JSC “Baltstroy” Dmitry Sergeyev, the company’s Manager Alexander Kochenov, as well as the General Director of one of the commercial firms Nikita Kolesnikov.

The newspaper Kommersant wrote , citing informed sources, that all the defendants in the “case of restorers” admitted his guilt and actively repented, offsetting some of the damage. In October, 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 the company 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. The rest of the defendants have collected about 10 million rubles to pay off the damages. Thus, according to preliminary estimates, the consequences of the activities of fraudsters “pull” on 100 million roubles.

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.

Despite the corruption scandal in the Ministry, in the Kremlin back in the spring was given to understandthat the Minister Vladimir Medinsky retirement is not threatened. In place Pirumova was appointed theologian Alexander Zhuravsky.



The main defendant in the case of conservators, Deputy Minister of culture Pirumov, wrote a letter of resignation 30.11.2016

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