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The court has placed under house arrest, Mikhail Novikov, Deputy Director of the Hermitage. Informed “Fontanka” reported about the detention of his son, Artem Novikov, Director of the Department of the Ministry of culture, however, the Department denied it
The Lefortovo district court of Moscow on March 28, was placed under house arrest until may 23, Mikhail Novikov, Deputy Director of the Hermitage, told RBC press-the court Secretary Ekaterina Krasnova. Novikova is suspected of committing a crime under part 4 St. 159 criminal code (fraud in especially large size).
“I do not know, do not comment”, — told RBC Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky on a request to confirm information about the arrest Novikova.
At the end of January at the Hermitage were searched. The sources of “Fontanka”, the FSB, linked the seizure of documents with the contract for the construction of a new facility of the Museum on School street in Petersburg. Work for to 3.67 billion rubles were supposed to carry the company “Mekhstroytrans”. By the time she has already received 1 billion rubles in advance, but broke the terms and owed to subcontractors. The leaders of the “Mekhstroytrans” associated with structures of Petersburg businessman Dmitry Mikhalchenko, involved “the restorers”.
Informed “Fontanka” wrote about the arrest of the son of Mikhail Novikov, Artem Novikov, who heads the Department of investment, restoration and construction of culture. According to the publication, the FSB came for the official building of the Ministry of culture in Leontief lane, where this time the meeting was held, at which Artem Novikov had read a report on the restoration of architectural monuments in the Crimea. The report was addressed to Minister Vladimir Medinsky, however, whether he was present at the meeting, is unknown. At the same time at home Novikova is the search, which, according to “Fontanka”, was seized synthetic drug. As noted by the publication, the number of the official, Mikhail Novikov, on Tuesday was off.
In the culture of RBC information about the detention of Artem Novikov denied, noting that he on Wednesday, March 29, will take part in the work of the Ministry Board. The source Agency TASS in law enforcement bodies said that the persecution of Novikov, Jr. is not related to “a case of restorers”.
“The work of restorers”
“The work of restorers” due to theft on public contracts in the field of restoration, which involves the former Deputy Minister of culture Grigory Pirumov, former Director of property management, the Ministry of culture Boris Mazo (according to “Fontanka”, Artem Novikov used to be his subordinates), and the head of the Directorate on construction, reconstruction and restoration of the Ministry of culture Boris Tsagaraev. Also in the case were several businessmen, including the head of the construction company “Baltstroy” Dmitry Sergeev (included in the holding company “Forum”, owned by businessman Dmitry Mikhalchenko) and the head of FSUE “Centralafrica” Oleg Ivanov.
According to investigators, officials and businessmen because of fraud in public contracts caused the Federal budget a damage in 100 million roubles. the Money allocated for the restoration of Novodevichy convent in Moscow, Drama theatre in Pskov, St. John the Baptist monastery and Museum of cosmonautics in Kaluga.