20 May 2024,   06:41
Russia’s deputy defense minister arrested on bribery charges

One of Russia’s most senior defense officials has been detained as part of a corruption probe, with prosecutors alleging he diverted funds from the military to pay for his lavish lifestyle, writes POLITICO.

Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov was arrested by the security services and appeared before a court in Moscow on Wednesday morning, making him the most senior official to be jailed since the start of Russia"s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Investigators allege the 48-year-old was part of a “criminal conspiracy” that saw him take kickbacks “on an especially large scale” as part of his role overseeing military construction projects. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.