Deputy Rector Of Economic Academy In Moscow Placed Under House Arrest On Embezzlement Charges

A deputy rector at Russia's presidential Academy of National Economy and State Service (RANKHiGS), Ivan Fedotov, has been placed under house arrest on financial-fraud charges.

The Tver district court announced the decision on July 22, less than one month after the institution’s rector, Vladimir Mau, was put under house arrest.

The Interior Ministry's Main Directorate for Moscow said on June 30 that Mau's arrest was linked to a high-profile fraud case launched last year against former Deputy Education Minister Marina Rakova and the director of the RANKHiGS's Institute of Social Studies, Sergei Zuyev. Rakova and Zuyev are currently being held at a detention center.

According to investigators, Mau and his subordinates are suspected of pretending to hire staff members, which caused damages of 21 million rubles ($369,000) to the school.

Russian authorities said earlier that Rakova was suspected of embezzling 50 million rubles ($878,000) from the ministry.