ST. PETERSBURG (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – A court in St. Petersburg has detained head of the security service of State Russian Museum, Irina Kuznetsova, who is suspected of embezzling 4 million rubles ($58,800), the Head investigative department for St. Petersburg told RAPSI on Thursday.

Kuznetsova is suspected of embezzling money through purchases of security equipment for the museum. Nikolai Durasov, head executive of the contractor company “Frame”, has also been detained.

Investigators allege that Kuznetsova and Durasov have conducted a fraud related to purchase of electronic lockers for keys. Allegedly Kuznetsova prepared documentation and a 8.4 million ruble ($123,500) contract on purchase of equipment from “Frame” while true cost of this equipment was no higher than 4.5 million rubles ($66,100).

The State Russian Museum is the world’s largest collection of Russian art, housed in a unique architectural complex in the historical centre of St Petersburg, according to the museum’s website. It was the first museum of Russian art in the country.