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Head of the RAS Institute detained in Primorye was left under arrest
The Primorsky Regional Court did not satisfy the petition for mitigating the measure of restraint to the director of the Institute for Problems of Marine Technologies of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexander Schebratyuk. He was left under arrest.
“Shchebratyuk's defenders asked for a softer measure of restraint for him, but the court upheld the decision. The defendant in the case will remain under arrest until January 8, 2021, "EastRussia was told in the Primorsky Regional Court.
Alexander Schebratyuk was taken into custody in mid-November this year. He is suspected of abuse of office, due to which the institution received less than 7,5 million rubles.
According to the investigation, the suspect entered into a contract on behalf of the Institute with a foreign company for the manufacture of an autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle. The transaction amount was 17 million rubles. To increase his well-being, Schebratyuk entered into a subcontracting agreement for six million rubles, and a few months later increased the amount by ten million. He also entered into several contracts with workers of the institute for more than 5 million rubles.
After the arrest, a petition appeared on the Internet demanding the abolition of the preventive measure for Shchebratyuk. The authors of the document called the arrest of "an outstanding scientist who poses no danger to society" as absurd. This petition was signed by over 2,1 thousand people.