May 19, 2024

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Russian Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov was accused of receiving bribes

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov was accused of receiving bribes
  • Written by Christy Cooney
  • BBC News

Comment on the photo, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov (left) with President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

A court in Moscow accused the Russian Deputy Defense Minister of receiving bribes and sent him to prison pending investigation.

Timur Ivanov, who denies the accusations, is accused of accepting bribes “on a particularly large scale.”

Ivanov, 47, was appointed to the Defense Ministry in 2016 and was responsible for Russian military infrastructure projects.

Activists have long criticized the levels of alleged corruption in Russia.

However, such high-profile cases have been rare since Russia's all-out invasion of Ukraine began in 2022.

Ivanov is considered an ally of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and has worked with him for many years. He was previously deputy prime minister of the Moscow region, where Shoigu briefly served as governor.

In 2022, the Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF), the group founded by the late opposition leader Alexei Navalny, accused Ivanov of participating in “corruption schemes during construction in the Russian-occupied territory of Ukraine.”

In particular, she said he benefited from construction projects in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, much of which was destroyed by Russian bombing in the months following the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Image source, Moscow Courts Service

Comment on the photo, Timur Ivanov denied the charges against him when he appeared in court

If found guilty, he could face up to 15 years in prison. Another man, Sergei Borodin, described as Ivanov's friend, appeared in court in Moscow on similar charges.

His arrest represents a rare move against a member of Russia's ruling elite, many of whom are believed to have used their positions to amass vast personal fortunes.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that President Vladimir Putin had been notified of the arrest in advance.