The press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed media reports that the police detained the rector of the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences (“Shaninki”) Sergei Zuev. He is suspected of embezzling more than 21 million rubles from the Foundation for New Forms of Education Development (FNFRO), which was headed by ex-Deputy Minister of Education Marina Rakova, transfers RIA Novosti.
What measure of restraint the investigator will ask the court for him is not specified. She will be elected soon.
Sergei Zuev was awarded the highest state award – the Order of Honor. The decree was signed by Putin in December 2020, and the award was presented by the first deputy head of the Presidential Administration, Sergei Kiriyenko.
Now the defendants in the Rakova case are five people, all of them arrested. Among them are the former deputy minister herself, her husband Artur Stetsenko, colleagues Yevgeny Zak and Maxim Inkin, as well as the former executive director of Shaninka, Kristina Kryuchkova.
In early October, Rakova became a defendant in the case of embezzlement of more than 50 million rubles. She is suspected of lobbying for the allocation of funds from the budget to the Fund for New Forms of Education Development, in which she was the CEO, in 2019. The money was intended for government contracts for the federal project “Teacher of the Future”. Examinations revealed signs of falsification in reports on two “scientific investigations”.
Rakova’s home and work were searched, and they did not detain her. But the very next day the woman did not come for interrogation, turned off all phones and disappeared. After that, Rakova was put on the federal wanted list.
On October 6, it became known that Rakova was detained and is in the Main Investigation Department of the GUMVD in Moscow. In 2019, Rakova served as Deputy Minister of Education. She left the position in March 2020 and moved to Sberbank as vice president. On October 4, she was fired from Sberbank “in accordance with the current labor legislation.”