The court refused to release ex-Deputy Minister of Education Rakova from the pre-trial detention center even after pleading guilty

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The ex-deputy head of the Ministry of Education, Marina Rakova, asked at a meeting of the Tverskoy District Court to replace her preventive measure from a pre-trial detention center with house arrest, she was refused. Earlier, Ms. Rakova pleaded guilty in the case of fraud, wrote a confession, and also said that she was ready to compensate the state for damages in the amount of 21 million rubles.

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“The court ruled: to extend the period of detention in respect of the accused Rakova until October 9, 2022,” the judge said (quote from Interfax). Also, until October 5, the arrest of Mrs. Rakova’s husband Artur Stetsenko, who is involved in the same criminal case, was extended.

Marina Rakova was arrested on 7 October. According to investigators, she, together with other defendants in the case, including Sergei Zuev, rector of Shaninka, and Vladimir Mau, rector of the RANEPA, was involved in the theft of about 21 million rubles allocated for the implementation of government contracts under the Education program. She is also suspected of fictitious employment of employees of the Ministry of Education in the RANEPA. Yesterday, July 3, Sergei Zuev was released from custody and placed under house arrest.

Andrey Sapozhnikov

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