Russia arrests deputy defense minister on corruption charges | Russian Military News

Timur Ivanov, who was in charge of military construction and repair contracts, is suspected of accepting bribes “especially on a large scale.”

Russia has arrested Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov on suspicion of systematic corruption in the most high-profile case since the start of the all-out war against Ukraine.

Russia’s Investigative Committee issued a brief statement on Wednesday saying the arrests were made the day before, citing laws on accepting bribes on a “particularly large scale.”

State media aired short footage of military officials in court in Moscow. He could face 15 years in prison if convicted.

Ivanov will be held on a two-month detention order, TASS said, adding that a man named Sergei Borodin was also detained on suspicion of complicity in accepting bribes from Ivanov.

The 48-year-old deputy defense minister is accused of taking part in a “criminal conspiracy” in overseeing military construction and repairs, contracts that allegedly brought him significant personal profits and contributed to a lavish lifestyle. There is.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrive for talks with military leaders in Moscow [File: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/Photo via AP]

The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu were informed about Ivanov, who was present at a meeting of defense officials chaired by Shoigu early Tuesday.

In 2022, the Anti-Corruption Foundation, run by allies of late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, released an investigation finding that Ivanov and his family had funneled millions of dollars into real estate and yacht purchases. did.

“Today is a good day,” the foundation’s president Maria Pevchiv wrote in a post on X after news of Ivanov’s arrest became public.

The official was arrested last month by the Federal Security Service (FSB), which was directed by President Putin to root out corruption in defense institutions.

Russia’s RBC news agency, citing unnamed sources, said investigators were conducting searches in several areas in connection with the incident.

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