Moscow: rector and his deputy who sold higher education diplomas detained
One of the Institute applicants said that the admissions office offered her to pay 450 thousand rubles ($7,054) for three years of study.
The FSB has detained Institute of Business Economics Rector Viktor Podobedov and his deputy Svetlana Poponina. Two years before, the university was deprived of its license, but this did not prevent the rector from entering into contracts with applicants for higher paid education.
One of such applicants went to the police and said that the admissions office offered her to pay 450 thousand rubles for three years of study.
Deputy Rector, Svetlana Poponina, was detained at a meeting with an applicant when he was handing her over 300 thousand rubles ($4,703) in a cafe. For this money, they promised to give him a diploma of 2011 Institute of Business Economics graduate with a degree in law.
Criminal cases against Podobedov and Poponina have been referred to the ICR. They are charged with fraud, forging of documents and their sale, commercial bribery and mediation in it (Art. 159, 327, 204, and 204.1 of the Russian Criminal Code).
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