Russia, new round of purges: Putin’s economic adviser under house arrest. The Detective Story of Vladimir Mau’s Prison

Russia, new round of purges: Putin’s economic adviser under house arrest.  The Detective Story of Vladimir Mau’s Prison

He immediately spoke out in favor of the special military operation, as they call it in Russia, and so he remained in Vladimir Putin’s magic circle. Until his arrest for corruption, which brings a new cleansing among the Kremlin chief’s trusted men. We’re talking about Vladimir Mau, a 62-year-old liberal economist and dean of Ranepa, the presidential academy of national economics and public administration, the university institution that produces many of the state’s leaders and governors, the cream of Russian power.

The circumstances of his arrest – he is now under house arrest – are a mystery. Mau, as Repubblica recalls, is in fact a member of the Presidium of the Economic Council of Vladimir Putin and, on 30 June, he was confirmed on the board of directors of Gazprom, where he was for more than ten years. A few hours later, he was arrested until at least August 7 on charges of having stolen funds for 21 million rubles (about 317,000 euros). According to former colleagues who fled abroad, this is a wake-up call for Putin’s more liberal economists and advisers.

Until a few days ago, in fact, Mau was considered a trusted and loyal advisor to the Tsar. In the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, along with 260 other university presidents, he spoke out in favor of Kiev’s “demilitarization and denazification” and “special operation”, perhaps “the most difficult but inevitable decision” of Putin’s life, professors wrote in the document.

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