The President of Russia Vladimir Putin reported on the implementation of investigative actions involving charges of embezzlement of public funds in the Ministry of culture. About it has informed journalists the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, reports UNN .
“Certainly, the President reported on the implementation of investigative actions”, — said Peskov.
To the journalists ‘ question about whether we can speak about the responsibility of the Minister, Peskov said that the day before, on March 15, Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky participated in the Russian delegation in the negotiations with the king of Morocco, and “had the opportunity to briefly speak with the President on this subject, taking the opportunity”.
“Otherwise we might traditionally say that we are talking about the accusations made, on the basis of these allegations to recognize someone guilty or not detained. The decision can accept only court. Before the court decision to argue about corruption at the Ministry was illegal and probably wrong”, — told reporters Sands.
Before the press service of the FSB reported about initiation of legal proceedings against “senior officials of the Ministry of culture of Russia and a number of businessmen”, suspects in the embezzlement of funds intended for restoration of objects of cultural heritage. Later it became known that the criminal case is detained, state Secretary — Deputy Minister of culture Grigory Pirumov, and searches were held in his office and in the office of the Director of the Department of property management and investment policy of the Ministry of culture Boris Mazo. In addition, was arrested arrested one of the alleged accomplices Pirumova Directors of major restoration company Baltstroy Dmitry Sergeyev.
According to investigators, Sergeev together with the managing Director of the company Alexander Kochenower (the question on its arrest is solved in the environment) organized a contract on behalf of the Ministry of culture with the organization CJSC “Stroifaza” for the restoration of Novodevichy convent in Moscow. According to the portal of public procurement, amounts of several contracts exceeded 130 million rubles From the case that the customer has listed the organization’s 50 million rubles for the works done, but according to investigators, the payment amount was too high.
Source of “Interfax” in law enforcement bodies mentioned and other objects, the restoration of which could be of interest to the FSB. This is the historical monuments of the city of Izborsk Pskowski areas: the Truvor settlement, St. Nicholas Church, St. Nicholas Cathedral and others. In may 2013, the expenses on restoration of monuments of Izborsk already attracted the attention of law enforcement.
The Minister of culture Medinsky said that the situation with the initiation of a case of theft against members of his Department called the shock.