Investigator Put Under Arrest

A court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of former senior Investigative Committee official Dmitry Dovgy on charges of bribery and abuse of his position.

Moscow's Basmanny District Court ordered Dovgy and a former colleague, Andrei Sagura, to be placed under arrest on suspicion of accepting 750,000 euros ($1 million) from a businessman in exchange for halting a probe into his company, Moscow City Court spokeswoman Anna Usachyova said.

Dovgy's falling out with his former boss, Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin, is widely seen as linked to a battle for influence between powerful, competing clans close to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Dovgy called his arrest "a provocation." "I insist that I didn't take any bribes," Dovgy said in court Wednesday. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in prison.