MOSCOW, August 3 (RAPSI) — The Moscow Tverskoy District Court will not consider a motion of investigators to extend the house arrest of the Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) Vladimir Mau, since the preventive measure has been earlier changed to a written undertaking not to leave, the press service of the court informs RAPSI.

This situation arose due to the bureaucratic peculiarities of the legal proceedings: a petition to extend the house arrest was sent to the court in advance, but the decision on the measure of restraint was changed when the documents had already arrived at the office.

Mau stands charged with committing a large scale fraud.

The RANEPA rector is accused in a criminal case previously initiated against the former Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Marina Rakova, director of RANEPA Institute of Social Sciences, rector of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (Shainka) Sergey Zuyev and other persons.

According to investigators, in 2018, Zuyev, together with ex-Deputy Minister of Education and the former vice-president of Sberbank Marina Rakova, as well as former Deputy CEO of the Federal State Autonomous Institution "The Fund for New Forms of Education Development" Eugeny Zak, entered into a criminal conspiracy to embezzle money from the RANEPA.

In abuse of their official positions, the defendants made false employment contracts between the RANEPA and twelve employees of the Ministry of Education with the aim of their fictitious employment as part-time researchers at the Institute of Social Sciences, which is a part of RANEPA.

Investigators believe that the defendants did not actually perform any work in the educational organization nevertheless receiving salaries on the regular basis and for a long time thus causing the RANEPA damages in the amount of more than 20 million rubles (about $326,000 at the current exchange rate).