Police open criminal probe over embezzlement of RUSADA funds

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MOSCOW, April 13. /TASS/. Moscow police have opened a criminal case to investigate embezzlement of one million rubles ($15,500) at RUSADA, the Moscow police press service told TASS.

“Pursuing a goal of grand embezzlement of budget funds under the pretext of paying, under an agreement concluded with a Russian company, for the equipment required to collect biological samples to test athletes for doping and for other consumables, [they] transferred money as a payment for the ordered overpriced equipment, thereby causing damage amounting to more than one million rubles,” the spokesperson said.

“A criminal case was opened under the charges stipulated by Article 159, Part 4 of the Russian Criminal Code (grand embezzlement) to investigate this fact,” he added.

According to the spokesperson, the investigators established that unidentified persons from the staff of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) embezzled funds between March 2011 and December 20, 2014.

“All required search and investigative activities have been arranged,” he concluded.

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