Former Russian Deputy Culture Minister Arrested On Fraud Charges


A Moscow court on April 20 ordered the arrest of former Russian Deputy Culture Minister Olga Yarilova on suspicion of involvement in a fraud that led to the alleged embezzlement of 200 million rubles ($2.5 million). The case against Yarilova and three residents of the Moscow region was launched over the Culture Ministry's Pushkin Card project. The prepaid Pushkin Card introduced in September 2021 allows Russian youths to visit theaters, museums, exhibitions, and other cultural events. Yarilova who was appointed to the post in 2018, stepped down last year of her own accord. To read the original story by RFE/RL's Russian Service, click here.