Former Deputy Minister of culture was treated and sent to jail

Moscow’s Basmanny court arrested the former Deputy Minister of culture of Russia Grigory Pirumov in the case of embezzlement of 450 million rubles in the reconstruction of Hermitage, reports RIA Novosti.

At the hearing, the accused became ill, he called an ambulance. After doctors helped him, the judge announced the decision.

“the petition of the investigator to meet, to elect against the accused Pirumova a measure of restraint in form of detention,” said judge Elena Lena.

According to the investigator, nor Pirumov, nor the other defendants in the case — businessman Nikita Kolesnikov and former Director of the Department of property management culture Boris Mazo — do not plead guilty.

Pirumov during the hearing stated that the contract for the reconstruction of the Hermitage was awarded through e-auction, therefore, to influence him was impossible.

the Defense sought to release him under house arrest or under the personal guarantee of academician wounds, physicist Evgeny Velikhov.

the Investigator also told the court that Pirumov had intended to get a UK visa.

October 9, 2017 Pirumov was recognized guilty of fraud in the “case of restorers”, sentenced to 1.5 years of imprisonment and released in the courtroom served their sentences for time spent in jail. Another nine defendants in the case, including Mazo and Kolesnikov, received either a small period of time and was released, or suspended sentence.

According to investigators, Pirumov and his accomplices at the conclusion of contracts on restoration of objects of cultural heritage have stolen at least 100 million rubles. It was about the restoration of the Pskov drama theater, Novodevichy convent, the monastery of St. John the Baptist in Moscow and the Museum of cosmonautics in Kaluga, Izborsk fortress, fortresses Friedrich the Great in the Kaliningrad region and of the estate of the manufacturer Aseev in the Tambov region.