Top Russian Minister Arrested, Accused of Taking $2 Million Bribe

Top Russian Minister Arrested, Accused of Taking $2 Million BribeRussia’s economy minister has been arrested on corruption charges, the most senior official ever detained under President Vladimir Putin, startling a country that rarely sees top functionaries punished despite rampant allegations of government misconduct. The minister, Aleksei Ulyukaev, 60, was detained on Monday night “in the act” of receiving a $2 million bribe, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee, a law enforcement body that handles major cases. The sting operation that led to his arrest, followed months of surveillance by Russia’s F.S.B. service, investigators said.

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