ST. PETERSBURG, August 31 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – Ex- security director of the State Russian Museum Irina Kuznetsova has received a 4-year suspended sentence for embezzlement of 4.7 million rubles (about $70,000) from the Culture Ministry’s subsidy allocated for purchase of security equipment, the United press service of St. Petersburg courts has told RAPSI.
Additionally, Kuznetsova has been fined 2 million rubles ($30,000). Her accomplice, CEO of the firm Frame Nikolay Durasov has received a 5-year suspended term.
According to investigators, Kuznetsova by the order of the museum officials has prepared documents for receiving the Culture Ministry’s 8.5-million-ruble grant ($125,300) to purchase 4 foreign electronic key storage cabinets, but she bought the equipment at Durasov’s Frame at the price of 3.8 million rubles ($56,000). Thus, the accomplices have stolen 4.7 million rubles, the statement reads.
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, the museum’s official website reads.