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Russian police arrest military medical chief on suspicion of corruption

RIA Novosti

13:14 02/06/2011

MOSCOW, June 2 (RIA Novosti) - The Chief of the Main Military Medical Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry General Alexander Belevitin was detained under suspicion of corruption, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Police also arrested Colonel Alexei Nikitin under the same allegations.

"The Ministry of Defense is fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities," the spokesman said.

Details on the corruption charges were not elaborated.

The number of corruption-related crimes involving top government officials and large bribes increased 100% in 2010 year-on-year, Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said in January.

The Berlin-based non-governmental anti-corruption organization Transparency International has persistently rated Russia as one of the most corrupt nations in the world. In the 2009 Corruption Perception Index, Russia was ranked 146 out of 180 countries, with a ranking below countries like Togo, Pakistan and Libya.

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