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Russian University Official Probed For Bilking Would-Be Students

BARNAUL, Russia -- The former head of the Judicial University in the central Russian city of Barnaul is being investigated for allegedly defrauding students, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

An investigation has been launched against Russian police general Nikolai Mikhailov, who headed the university until he was sacked on April 1. Also dismissed at that time were Altai Krai First Deputy Interior Ministry head Vyacheslav Novikov and the region's chief bailiff, Aleksandr Parkhomenko.

Lyudmila Ryazantseva, of the Investigative Committee's directorate in Altai Krai, told journalists today that Mikhailov set up illegal agreements to enroll students at Judicial University.

The university collected some 10 million rubles ($356,500) from dozens of would-be students after Altai Krai's Interior Ministry approved Mikhailov's plan.

Investigators say Mikhailov never intended to use the money collected from the students as tuition and instead used it for other purposes.

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