Dmitry Zakharchenko, the acting head of an anti-graft agency at the Russian interior ministry, was formally arrested Saturday for receiving “especially large” bribes after police found banknotes worth more than $120 million in a raid on a Moscow flat.
A Kremlin spokesman said President Vladimir Putin had been informed about the latest high-profile graft case to rock the country and insisted authorities were cracking down on rampant official graft.
“The fight against corruption is a very multi-faceted process, that is very bumpy and very complex,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Critics of Kremlin strongman Putin insist he has turned a blind eye to widespread corruption as his close allies have amassed vast fortunes during his time in power.
Source : Agence France Presse