May 22, 2024

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Deputy Shoigu, detained in the Russian Federation, faces 15 years (video)

Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov was detained in Russia for bribes; he was responsible for large construction projects of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

He faces up to 15 years in prison. writes D.W. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation announced the detention of the official, citing suspicion of receiving a bribe as the reason and without providing details: “Appropriate investigative actions are being carried out.” Law enforcement agencies reported that Ivanov had been under operational development for a long time.

By data TASS, which refers to law enforcement agencies, the investigation will seek Ivanov’s arrest. The Deputy Minister of Defense is suspected of receiving a bribe of at least 1 million rubles, the agency writes. Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin was informed about the detention of the deputy head of the Ministry of Defense. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was warned in advance.

As Mediazona says, Ivanov was responsible for major construction projects: under his leadership, the main temple of the Russian Armed Forces, the Patriot park near Moscow, submarine bases in Kamchatka and the Vostochny cosmodrome were built. Before his arrest, he oversaw projects to restore Mariupol, destroyed by the Russian Federation.

Occupying the position of Deputy Head of the Ministry of Defense since 2016, Ivanov was also responsible for organizing property management, quartering troops, housing and medical support, TASS writes. Previously, he headed the Oboronstroy joint-stock company, subordinate to the Ministry of Defense.

It is worth recalling that in December 2022, Alexei Navalny’s associates published a large investigation about Timur Ivanov and his wife Svetlana Zakharova. According to them, in 2010-2018, the couple rented villas on the Cote d'Azur every summer and spent at least 850 thousand euros on rent in Saint-Tropez.

Ivanov received kickbacks from construction companies contractors of the Ministry of Defense, and in June 2022 he divorced his wife so that she would not fall under EU sanctions, where she continued to travel even after the start of the full-scale war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the investigation indicated.

The Investigative Committee's report does not provide details of the case. TASS writes that the investigation will require the arrest of Ivanov.

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