Russian Deputy Defence Minister Apprehended Due to Corruption Allegations – Republic World

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov | Image:AP

In a significant development, a high-ranking Russian official, Timur Ivanov, Deputy Defense Minister, has been apprehended on corruption allegations, marking Russia’s most notable corruption scandal since President Vladimir Putin‘s initiation of the Ukraine invasion more than two years ago.

Reports from Russian state media TASS reveal that Ivanov stands accused of accepting a bribe amounting to 1 million rubles, approximately $10,800. Clad in full military attire, Ivanov appeared before a Moscow court on Wednesday, contained within a glass enclosure. He faces charges of receiving a bribe in conjunction with an organized group while executing contracted duties for the Defense Ministry, with a potential penalty of up to 15 years’ imprisonment if convicted.

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Having held his post since 2016, Ivanov is recognized as a key strategist behind Russia’s actions in Ukraine and is closely aligned with Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. The arrest of Ivanov, an ally of Shoigu, could potentially add pressure on the defense minister, who has faced criticism for his management of the Ukraine invasion.

Ivanov’s duties have notably included overseeing the reconstruction efforts in Mariupol, a city in southern Ukraine severely damaged during the conflict. Ivanov’s lavish lifestyle has attracted scrutiny, particularly from Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF). Maria Pevchikh, chair of the ACF, remarked on Ivanov’s significant wealth accumulation during his tenure, particularly amidst the Ukraine invasion.

Ivanov’s ex-wife has attracted attention as well

According to a report from CNN news, while Ivanov faces legal consequences, his ex-wife, Svetlana Maniovich, continues to lead a life of luxury, enjoying yachting excursions in the Mediterranean, skiing trips in the Alps, and residing in Paris. The ACF’s investigation into Maniovich’s activities, based on leaked emails, highlighted her extravagant spending, including a reported $100,000 spree at a prestigious Parisian jewelry store during the tightening siege of Mariupol in March 2022.

Ivanov’s arrest comes amid ongoing international sanctions against Russia, with both the European Union and United States imposing measures following the Ukraine invasion. The case underscores the ongoing struggle against corruption within Russia’s highest echelons, prompting renewed scrutiny of officials’ conduct and associations.

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