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One of Russia’s top military officials appeared in court today after being accused of accepting a large bribe. 

Timur Ivanov, a Russian Deputy Defense Minister, faced pre-trial detention following his recent arrest. He was apprehended Tuesday evening and is charged with accepting a substantial bribe that could lead to up to 15 years in prison.

The case unfolded in Moscow’s Basmany court, where prosecutors alleged that Ivanov conspired with third parties to receive bribes in the form of property services linked to contracts within the Ministry of Defense. This claim was detailed shortly after Sergei Borodin, an acquaintance of Ivanov, was also arrested under similar charges. Both individuals are set to remain in custody pending a trial scheduled for no earlier than June 23.

Since his appointment in 2016, Ivanov has been a notable figure in the Russian military hierarchy. His responsibilities include overseeing property management and the development of military facilities.  

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov confirmed that President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu were informed about the arrest. Peskov also addressed speculative reports suggesting that the bribery charges might be masking more severe accusations of treason, labeling such claims as “rumors.”

Ivanov’s lawyer denied that his client had accepted a bribe.


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