Top Russian economist Mau charged in ‘large-scale’ fraud case

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Leading Russian economist Vladimir Mau has been charged with fraud “on an especially large scale”, the interior ministry said on Thursday, in a shock to Russia’s academic and economic elite. It said he was accused of embezzling funds from the institute where is rector, as part of a larger case involving another top academic and a former deputy education minister. Mau, 62, is an economic liberal with close links to top policymakers, and a board member of Russian energy giant Gazprom. He frequently appeared on expert panels at the St Petersburg Forum, Russia’s annual showcase …

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