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High-Ranking Russian Defense Ministry Official Arrested

High-Ranking Russian Defense Ministry Official Arrested
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By Staff, Agencies

The head of the Main Personnel Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry, Lieutenant General Yury Kuznetsov, has been arrested on Tuesday.

A criminal case has been launched against Kuznetsov, who is “suspected of taking a bribe on a particularly large scale,” Russian Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said in a statement on Tuesday.

According to investigators, the lieutenant general “received a bribe from representatives of commercial structures for performing certain actions in their favor” from 2021 to 2023, when he was working as the head of the 8th Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, she stated.

“During searches of Kuznetsov’s properties, more than 100 million rubles [around $1.1 million] in Russian and foreign currencies, gold coins, collectible watches, and other luxury items were discovered and seized,” Petrenko said.

The judge accepted the request of investigators for the suspect to be placed in custody.