Corruption allegations: Russia's deputy protection minister arrested – WELT | EUROtoday

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IAccording to the prosecutor's workplace, Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov has been arrested on corruption costs. Ivanov is accused of “committing a crime under Section 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code,” the Russian Investigative Committee mentioned on Tuesday. This means bribery. Corruption allegations in opposition to Ivanov had already been raised in 2022 by the anti-corruption basis of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who died in February.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov is quoted by Russian information companies as saying {that a} report on Ivanov's arrest had been submitted to President Vladimir Putin. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was knowledgeable in regards to the arrest upfront. According to Russian media experiences, 48-year-old Ivanov faces as much as 15 years in jail. Ivanov labored in gas and power corporations and within the Moscow regional authorities earlier than transferring to the Defense Ministry in 2010. In 2016 he was appointed deputy minister.

Ivanov is the highest individual chargeable for the development of army services within the Russian Defense Ministry. He is on an EU sanctions checklist.

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According to analysis by Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, Ivanov personally benefited from the awarding of development contracts within the Russian-occupied Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol. Ivanov can be mentioned to have divorced his spouse to allow her to avoid EU sanctions.