MOSCOW, June 7 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court upheld the detention of former Deputy Minister of Education Marina Rakova on charges of embezzling about 50 million rubles ($700,000). 

Rakova will stay in jail till August 6, according to the ruling. 

She was placed on a wanted list and arrested in October 2021 after a criminal case was revealed by a law enforcement agency. 

Investigators allege that about 50 million rubles were embezzled in the course of implementation of state contracts in the field of education, concluded with the participation of Rakova in 2019, who at that time held the post of Deputy Minister of Education.

Several alleged accomplices of Rakova face criminal charges as well. Former employees of Federal State Autonomous Institution "The Fund for New Forms of Education Development" Eugeny Zak and Maxim Inkin were detained along with executive director of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences Christina Kryuchkova. 

Rakova served as Deputy Minister of Education from October 2018 to March 2020. She was employed by Sberbank afterwards, where she headed the Digital Education Platforms division. In October 2021 she was removed from office.