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Russia fires deputy defence minister jailed on bribery expenses

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Timur Ivanov, Russian Deputy Defence Minister, who was dismissed from his submit and brought into custody on suspicion of accepting bribes.
| Photo Credit: Reuters

Russian authorities have formally dismissed a deputy defence minister jailed on bribery expenses and accused by Kremlin critics of dwelling a lavish life-style, Russian media reported Thursday. A court docket ordered that his pretrial detention be prolonged for 3 extra months.

Timur Ivanov, 48, is one in every of a number of senior army officers arrested on corruption expenses in latest months. He was an in depth affiliate of Sergei Shoigu, whom President Vladimir Putin changed as defence minister final month.

Mr. Ivanov, arrested in April, was charged with taking an particularly massive bribe. His legal professionals mentioned he maintains his innocence. The Basmanny District Court in Moscow on Thursday prolonged his detention pending investigation and trial till at the least Sept. 23. If convicted, he faces as much as 15 years in jail.

Russian media, citing a web-based registry of presidency officers, mentioned Thursday that Ivanov was dismissed from his submit. His lawyer Denis Baluyev confirmed the dismissal in feedback to Russian enterprise information website RBK. It wasn’t instantly clear from the studies when precisely Ivanov was fired.

Other prime army officers arrested in latest months embody deputy chief of the Russian army basic employees Lt. Gen. Vadim Shamarin; Gen. Ivan Popov, a former prime commander in Russia’s offensive in Ukraine; and Lt. Gen. Yury Kuznetsov, head of the Defense Ministry’s personnel directorate. All three have been accused of bribery.

According to the Defence Ministry’s web site, Ivanov was appointed in 2016 by a presidential decree. He oversaw property administration, housing and medical assist for the army, in addition to building tasks.

Mr. Ivanov’s arrest got here practically a month after Mr. Putin known as on the Federal Security Service to “keep up a systemic anti-corruption effort” and pay particular consideration to state protection procurement.

Russian media reported that Ivanov oversaw a few of the building in Mariupol — a Ukrainian port metropolis that was devastated by bombardment and occupied by Russian forces early within the battle. Ivanov has been sanctioned by each the United States and European Union.

Zvezda, the official TV channel of the Russian army, reported in summer season 2022 that the ministry was constructing a whole residential block in Mariupol and confirmed Ivanov inspecting building websites and newly erected residential buildings.

That identical 12 months, the group of the late Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most distinguished opposition chief and anti-corruption campaigner, alleged Ivanov and his household had been having fun with luxurious journeys overseas, lavish events and proudly owning elite actual property. The activists additionally alleged that Ivanov’s spouse, Svetlana, divorced him in 2022 to keep away from sanctions and continued dwelling a lavish life-style.

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