A Moscow court has ordered that a deputy culture minister be held in jail for two months on suspicion of embezzling state funds allocated for restoring historic sites.

The detention ordered Wednesday for Grigory Pirumov came a day after the Federal Security Service said he and several other suspects allegedly embezzled more than 50 million rubles ($700,000) earmarked for the restoration of Moscow's famed Novodevichy Monastery and other sites.

The security service accused Pirumov of organizing the scheme in which the suspects inflated the costs of restoration works.

The suspects also include another Culture Ministry official and heads of construction companies involved in restoration works.