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Top Russian Army Officials Probed Over Corruption

RIA Novosti

20:32 27/02/2014

MOSCOW, February 27 (RAPSI) – Seven army generals and admirals were subjected to criminal probes last year, a chief military investigators said in an interview published Thursday in a government newspaper.

Chief military investigator Alexander Sorochkin told Rossiiskaya Gazeta that all the cases were corruption related.

The investigators said nine cases were also opened against other officers, including Colonel-General Yury Solovyov, the former commander of the Special Forces; Major General of the Medical Corps Yury Sabanin, head of the Military Healthcare Directorate of the Interior Ministry Internal Troops; and Rear Admiral Sergei Kozlov, chief of the Military Topographic Directorate of the General Staff.

President Vladimir Putin last November fired Anatoly Serdyukov as defense minister as an investigation unfolded into a suspected 13 billion rubles ($363 million) fraud case involving alleged irregularities in the sale of ministry real estate.

In December, Serdyukov was charged with negligence after investigators claimed he had cost the state 56 million rubles ($1.6 million) worth of damage by ordering soldiers to build a private road to a Caspian Sea holiday resort owned by his brother-in-law.

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