Hermitage Deputy Director Novikov Placed Under House Arrest

artnet News | Eileen Kinsella:

Mikhail Novikov, deputy director of construction at the Hermitage Museumin St. Petersburg, has been placed under house arrest for two months, according to a report on Interfax. The Lefortovo court of Moscow ordered the house arrest, Interfax reports, because Novikov is “suspected of massive fraud committed by a group of people.”

Museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky told Interfax in a March 29 report that he believes the detention is connected to “the implementation of construction projects.” In an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Piotrovsky said “all these events are connected primarily to the issue of Hermitage construction projects… [which] involve a lot of money, a lot of various problems, many unscrupulous contractors.”… Read more

Image: The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg Photo: saint-petersburg.com