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Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation managed to secure extradition of Boris Mazo, accused of multi-million stealing of the Hermitage monetary funds, from Austria to Russia
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Upon instruction of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Igor Krasnov, close cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Austria for positive resolution of the issue on extradition of Boris Mazo for criminal prosecution, was organized.

He is accused of perpetration of a crime, envisaged by Article 159 part 4 (fraud, committed by a person with the use of his official position, by an organized group, on especially large scale) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

The investigation established that in 2015 organized group, headed by former Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Grigory Pirumov, whereto Boris Mazo, Director of the Department of Property Management and Investment Policy of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, and Nikita Kolesnikov, head of the “Rospan” group of companies, were members, committed stealing of budgetary monetary funds for more than 916 million rubles. This sum was provided for construction of a group of buildings and depository of the FGBUK “Hermitage Museum” under a state contract of 01.12.2015 between the FGBUK “Hermitage Museum” and the “MechStroyTrans”, LLC, controlled by Mr. Kolesnikov.

Having got the possibility to dispose of stolen money, heads and members of the criminal community (criminal organization) converted 90 million rubles into cash, 45 million rubles of which were received by Mr. Mazo and Mr. Pirumov.

During the investigation it was also established that Mr. Mazo was involved in commission of crimes, envisaged by Article 174.1 part 4 paragraphs “a”, “b” (legalization (laundering) of monetary funds or other property, acquired by a person as a result of crime committed by him) and Article 210 part 3 (organization of criminal community) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

In the period from 2015 to 2016 heads and members of the criminal community (criminal organization) used stolen monetary funds of the FGBUK “Hermitage Museum” in total sum of 800 million rubles for financial operations and other deals in order to give a legitimate look to their possession, use and disposal, to conceal their illicit origin, to put them into legitimate cash flow and to further encash a part of them and for other purposes of members of the criminal community (criminal organization) for mercenary interests.

The criminal case against Mr. Mazo is being investigated by the Main Department of Major Cases Investigation of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.

Since Mr. Mazo escaped from the law enforcement authorities, a measure of restriction in the form of detention was selected against him in absentia and upon instruction of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation he was declared internationally wanted.

In December 7, 2018 the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation sent a request for extradition of Mr. Mazo due to the fact that in October 11, 2018 the Austrian colleagues established his whereabouts on the territory of that State.

In September 27, 2019 a new resolution on making him answerable as the accused was passed.

In November 29, 2019 the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation sent to the competent authorities of the Republic of Austria an application for positive resolution of the Russian request for extradition of Mr. Mazo subject to the new resolution on making him answerable as the accused.

In October 2019 the Vienna court satisfied the Russian request for extradition of Mr. Mazo, however, this decision was repeatedly appealed by the defense party of the accused.

Owning to a great volume of work, close cooperation with the Austrian colleagues, and prompt provision by the Prosecutor General’s office of the Russian Federation of additional documents and materials requested by the Austrian Party, the final decision on extradition of Mr. Mazo to Russia was managed to achieve.

Today special convoy officers will escort Mr. Mazo to Moscow.

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