Rector of the RANEPA Vladimir Mau may well share the fate of his colleagues who fell under investigation. And he’s not the only one.
According to the correspondent MorningNews, the day before, on February 9, it became known that the director of the research laboratory of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) Natalya Kornienko was put on the federal wanted list. She was charged in absentia with fraud. She is accused as part of a criminal investigation into the former Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Marina Rakova, who is also accused of fraud.
For whom the Bell Tolls
Natalya Kornienko headed the research laboratory for the development of the tax system at the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). As reported TASS citing a law enforcement source, the investigation considers Kornienko involved in the episode associated with the theft of 20 million rubles allocated from the budget for the federal project “Teacher of the Future” within the framework of the national project “Education”. Rakova and the rector of the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences Sergei Zuev are accused of involvement in the same theft. According to investigators, Kornienko was engaged in cashing out stolen funds received under the guise of tuition fees.
The rector of the RANEPA is Vladimir Mau, and for him this may be another alarming signal, since in a short time period several of his subordinates have already fallen under suspicion.
Recall, as previously reported The Moscow Post, at the end of 2020, the Lefortovo Court of Moscow sent the director of the Institute of Civil Service and Management of the RANEPA Igor Bartsits to the pre-trial detention center. Moreover, Bartsits was the main person involved in the case of fraud with public funds. Also in this case was Svetlana Larina, Dean of the Faculty of State Management of the Economy of the RANEPA.
At the center of public relations FSB informed that, according to the investigation, a criminal scheme was organized at the RANEPA to steal money by receiving it from subordinates for unreasonable payroll. It turns out that the RANEPA artificially “inflated” the salary, and then divided the “surplus” among themselves.
The question now is how much the RANEPA rector Vladimir Mau was privy to these criminal schemes.
Took on Rakov
An additional acceleration in the development of the situation around Vladimir Mau was given by the arrest of the former Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Marina Rakova in October 2021, which was also reported by The Moscow Post. The main claim against Rakova was precisely her relationship with the scientific institution headed by Vladimir Mau – RANEPA.
Rakova was accused of participating in fictitious employment at the RANEPA of 12 employees of the Foundation for New Forms of Education Development. According to law enforcement agencies, Marina Rakova thereby stole over 50 million rubles. But could an official of such a rank steal state funds without the knowledge of Vladimir Mau?
For example, Sergei Zuev, rector of the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences (Shaninka), has already been detained. About this in Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for Moscow reported on October 12, 2021, that is, shortly after information about the detention of Rakova.
Zuev was detained precisely as a suspect in embezzlement of funds from the Fund for New Forms of Education Development. By the way, the Ministry of Internal Affairs also informed the executive director of Shaninka, Kristina Kryuchkova, as well as employees of the Foundation for New Forms of Education Development, Yevgeny Zak and Maxim Inkin, about the arrest in this case.
In addition, searches were carried out at the residence of Vice-Rector, member of the RANEPA Academic Council Vladimir Fedotov and financial director of the Academy Alexander Efremov. Photos and videos taken in the houses of Fedotov and Efromov amazed the imagination with the sophistication and wealth in which, if not ordinary, but still RANEPA scientists live. published them “Tsargrad”.
In particular, as reported MorningNewsin addition to property, Igor Barnitsa, according to investigators, has a residence permit in France and a mansion in Nice worth more than 7 million euros.
It is obvious that Vladimir Mau’s subordinates do not really want to lose everything that was acquired by overwork. This means that they can quite actively begin to “cooperate with the investigation.” That is, verbally and in writing to describe both everything that is actually happening in the RANEPA headed by Vladimir Mau, and his personal role in these matters.
“Trace of the State Department”
At the same time, a number of observers believe that Vladimir Mau himself is not the most intriguing figure in all these events. Presumably, ex-Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation, former Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin may also come under attack. At the moment he is the chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.
One way or another, but the search for another high-ranking employee of the RANEPA -. the head of the research laboratory, Natalia Kornienko, will not bring anything good to Vladimir Mau. After all, Kudrin is not in charge of an educational institution where employees collectively appropriate unfairly paid wages. And it is not Kudrin who heads the institution where “dead souls” are illegally employed.
Wherein TASS citing an agency source, he reports that back in October 2021, the director of the RANEPA laboratory, Natalya Kornienko, left Moscow for Chisinau as soon as she was interrogated as a witness in the case of Marina Rakova.
Taking into account the fact that Kornienko changed the status of a witness to an accused, the same development of events may well be expected by her colleagues at the RANEPA Vladimir Fedotov and Alexander Efremov.
Compounding the prospects of Vladimir Mau in this whole story is the fact that the RANEPA was quite loyal to the participation of Academy students in various protest actions and their cooperation with foreign NGOs. As a result, the prosecutor’s office demanded to provide the data of such students. The supervisory authority was also interested in programs under which RANEPA students can be invited to study at foreign universities.
It may also end badly for Vladimir Mau that the same Natalya Kornienko, as TASS reported, took part in the projects of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Thus, the “case of Rakova” can be transformed from a purely economic into a political one. And if Vladimir Mau is not lucky, all this can lead to the most sad consequences for him.