MOSCOW, October 16 (RAPSI) – A court in Saransk, the capital of Russia’s Republic of Mordovia, on Friday released ex-Construction Minister of the Samara Region and vice-rector of the Moscow State University Alexey Grishin from detention and put him under house arrest, the court’s press service told RAPSI.

The defendant earlier pled guilty to embezzlement and giving bribes.

According to the investigation, Grishin acting as a founder of a commercial organization stole in total 4 million rubles. Moreover, investigators accuse him of giving a 500,000-ruble bribe to a local official.

Earlier, searches were conducted in the places of residence of the suspect in Moscow and the Moscow Region and at his working place; investigators seized money, jewelry, financial documents, and other items.