The Tverskoy Court of Moscow replaced the measure of restraint Rector of the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences (“Shaninki”) Sergei Zuev to house arrest. On Wednesday, August 3, Judge Irina Buneeva granted the request of the investigation and canceled the detention of Zuev. At the same time, she did not allow walks, Mediazona reports.
Earlier at the same meeting, the representative of the investigation indicated a change in the circumstances of the case. According to him, Zuev pleaded guilty in the case of fraud, testified against other defendants in the case and accomplices, which were not previously known to the investigation, and paid damages in the amount of more than 15 million rubles. According to Mediazona, the interrogation materials indicate that Zuev signed documents without delving into their content.
Meanwhile, the rector’s lawyer Dmitry Kravchenko said “Interfax”that Zuev did not recognize the misappropriation of money. “Formally, this is a confession, but he did not admit that he embezzled money for himself. Zuev gave evidence that contributes to the investigation of the case,” he said.
The case of Sergei Zuev
Sergei Zuev was detained in October 2021 criminal case on embezzlement of 21 million rubles Foundation for New Forms of Education Development. He was placed under house arrest, but later transferred to a pre-trial detention center. Lawyers’ requests to mitigate his preventive measure in connection with serious health problems court ignored. So far, Zuev has not admitted his guilt, his defense insisted that the rector was not involved in the embezzlement of state funds.
In the same case, the rector of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) and a member of the board of directors of Gazprom Vladimir Mau, as well as the former Deputy Minister of Education of Russia Marina Rakova, were also detained.