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MOSCOW, November 2 (Itar-Tass) — The Cheremushky Court of Moscow has extended until November 3 the detention of head of the philosophy and political science department of the Academy of Labour and Social Relations, Viktor Baris. Thus the court has postponed the consideration of a motion on the preventive measure.
The investigator has requested the court to grant extra time for the collection of materials.
Baris supported the investigator’s motion for the adjournment of the meeting. He also requested not to take him into his custody, but apply to him a measure of restraint without deprivation of liberty.
Earlier, the court arrested deputy dean of the department of world politics of Moscow State University (MGU) Mikhail Basharatyan who was detained for taking a bribe worth 1 million roubles.
It became known at the meeting that the deputy dean and the academy department on Friday were formally charged with bribe-taking.
Making the decision, the court agreed with the position of the investigation that being at large, Basharatyan could abscond during the investigation, destroy evidence or otherwise impede the investigation. The defendant himself has asked the court to take into account that he is 60 years old and has chronic diseases. In addition, the deputy dean expressed willingness to cooperate with the investigation. He requested release on three million-rouble bail or putting him under house arrest. Having examined the evidence, the court found no reason to satisfy Basharatyan’s request.
According to the investigation, in October, the deputy dean of the Moscow State University world politics department, as well as the head of the department of philosophy and political science of the Academy of Labour and Social Relations Viktor Baris demanded from a young person a bribe of in 30 thousand euro for the admission to the Academy’s postgraduate training centre, favourable education regime there and further thesis defence in MGU.
The Moscow police reported earlier that on October 15, the young man who wanted to enter the postgraduate centre turned to the police department for the South-Western administrative district of the city. He wrote in his police report that for the admission and subsequent thesis defence he was demanded to pay 30 thousand euro.
“Officers of the economic security and combating corruption police department of the South-West district of Moscow together with colleagues from the Russian Interior Ministry in a special operation caught detained red-handed the deputy dean and head of the department when they were taking a bribe of 1 million roubles,” police said.
The criminal case was opened under Article 290, part 5 of the RF Criminal Code (large-scale bribe-taking by a group by previous concert).