MOSCOW, October 21 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Thursday upheld detention of the former CEO of the Fund for New Forms of Education Development Maxim Inkin, one of the defendants in a case against ex-Deputy Minister of Education and Sberbank vice-president Marina Rakova, the court’s press service told RAPSI.

The man will stay detained until November 29.

Inkin and another ex-employee of the Fund Eugeny Zak as well as executive director of the the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (Shaninka) Christina Kryuchkova became first detainees in the case.

A key defendant, former high-ranking official Rakova, initially fled from investigators and put on a wanted list. Later, after arrest of her male partner and CEO of the Fund Artur Stetsenko, she was also arrested and then detained.

Investigators believe when executing state education contracts in 2019 Rakova then Deputy Minister of Education and her accomplices stole 50 million rubles (over $700,000).