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Russia: Timur Ivanov, Deputy Defense Minister, arrested on suspicion of corruption

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov has been arrested on suspicion of corruption, Russia’s Investigative Committee said on Tuesday.

“Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Timur Vadimovich Ivanov was detained on suspicion of committing a crime under Part VI of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (taking a bribe),” the committee reported on Telegram.

The crime is punishable by a large fine or more than ten years in prison, depending on the details of the crime.

Anti-Corruption Foundation investigation in 2022

Timur Ivanov came under EU sanctions as a high-ranking Defense Ministry official responsible for the construction of military facilities.

The Anti-Corruption Foundation, created by the late opposition leader Alexei Navalny, published an investigation into him in 2022. According to investigators, the deputy minister oversaw and profited from construction projects in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, a city that came under Moscow’s control after months of siege.

The minister divorced his wife to allow him to circumvent EU sanctions, according to an investigation by an organization banned in Russia for “extremism”. In April 2023, several dozen demonstrators gathered in front of the alleged home of Svetlana Maniovich, the ex-wife of a senior official, in Paris to demand expanded EU sanctions against Russia.

They said the former TV presenter lived a luxurious life in Europe, holidaying in Saint-Tropez in the south of France and using Rolls-Royce cars.

“Today is a good day,” Maria Pevchikh, head of the Foundation’s investigation department, responded on social networks.

Like most opposition figures, she was forced to leave the country due to Kremlin repression.

Source: Le Parisien

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