Russian provincial minister being prosecuted

May 26th, 2008 - 5:58 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Syktyvkar (Russia), May 26 (RIA Novosti) Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has launched a criminal case against a deputy interior minister in Komi Republic in the northwest accusing him of divulging state secrets. “We are investigating a case which involves officials from the interior ministry in Komi, including Vasily Lytoyev,” investigation department spokesman Nikolai Basmanov said Monday.

According to the Kommersant daily, Lytoyev is accused of revealing to the media secret information relating to an investigation against the mayor of the republic’s Syktyvkar city, Roman Zenishev.

If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison.

Komi republic is situated to the west of the Ural mountains.
RIA Novosti

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