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Russian Deputy Defense Minister arrested on corruption charges

By Esther Muhozi
On 24 April 2024 at 12:06

The investigative committee of the Russian Federation, on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, announced that the Deputy Defense Minister of Russia, Timur Ivanov, was arrested on suspicion of corruption charges.

The spokesperson for the Russian Presidency, Dmitry Peskov, reported that President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, were immediately informed about the arrest.

Prior to his arrest in the early hours of Tuesday, Ivanov had attended a defense ministry meeting, which was also attended by senior military officers in the country.

Although the investigative committee has not released detailed information, it is alleged that Ivanov is suspected of receiving a bribe of one million roubles (equivalent to $10,500). If found guilty of this charge, he could face a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Ivanov has had a long career in government energy and construction sectors and has worked for various major Russian companies.

He previously headed the Oboronstroy Society, which constructed residential buildings for the country’s military personnel from 2013 to 2016. Subsequently, he was appointed to his current position where one of his responsibilities includes overseeing all military intelligence activities in the ministry.

The Deputy Minister of Defense in Russia, Timur Ivanov, has been arrested on suspicion of corruption charges.

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