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Police reopen probe into theft of budget money at Moscow institute

June 25, 2013, 14:55 UTC+3

The case of illegal transfer of budget funds in the amount of 57 million rubles allegedly involves former rector

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MOSCOW, June 25 (Itar-Tass) - The Interior Ministry has reopened the probe into the criminal case over theft of budget money at the National University of Science and Technology "MISIS" (MISIS, Moscow institute of steel and alloys) when incumbent Education Minister Dmitry Livanov was its rector, lawmaker from the United Russia faction Vladimir Burmatov told Itar-Tass referring to an answer from the Interior Ministry.

The answer was signed by Deputy Interior Ministry Yuri Alexeyev, according to the lawmaker.

The document notes that "in 2009, the investigation had been suspended, but in result of testing this decision was reversed and the criminal investigation reopened," said the MP. According to him, in the course of further investigation the reported information will be fully tested. The progress and results of the preliminary investigation will be monitored by Chief Investigative Department of the Interior Ministry in Moscow, said Burmatov.

The MP said that "thanks to the efforts of the prosecution the case was found and all the guilty in losing it were brought to justice."

"Now we’ll wait for the results of this investigation, which, in my opinion, should put an end to the question of the degree of involvement of the former leaders of MISIS, and now heads of the Ministry of Education / Dmitry / Livanov and / Natalia / Tretiak in this episode with the theft of 57 million rubles," concluded Burmatov.

Burmatov’s charges

In April the United Russia party member has sent parliamentary inquiries to law enforcement agencies with the requirement to verify information about the allegations of fraud in the MISIS. According to his information, earlier criminal proceedings were instituted in connection with the fact that "in MISIS have been documented cases of illegal transfer of budget funds in the amount of 57 million rubles for the reconstruction of educational-laboratory complex when Livanov was rector." "The matter was hushed up, it was opened in 2009 and then turned under wraps," Burmatov claimed.

In this regard, the lawmaker asked the relevant agencies "to verify these facts - why the case was closed, when there were documented facts confirming the transfer of budgetary allocations." He also asks to "check the involvement of Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Dmitry Livanov and of his deputy Natalia Tretiak, because she was first provost of MISIS."

Earlier Burmatov repeatedly criticized Livanov and his deputies, whom he accused of plagiarism, including when writing academic papers.

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