Former Commander Arrested in Graft Case

A former deputy commander of the Railway Troops was arrested on corruption charges Friday, the same day that the Kremlin submitted anti-corruption legislation to the State Duma.

Retired Lieutenant General Yevgeny Kornishin was jailed after investigators determined that he was pressuring witnesses to testify in his favor in connection with a criminal investigation that was opened in April, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

Kornishin was placed in Moscow's high-security Lefortovo jail after a court approved investigators' request for an arrest warrant, he said, RIA-Novosti reported. Investigators accuse Kornishin of embezzlement, abuse of office, improperly acquiring a two-room apartment worth more than 5 million rubles ($200,000) and illegally acquiring ammunition, Markin said. If convicted, Kornishin faces up to 10 years in prison.

President Dmitry Medvedev has made controlling corruption a priority, and he sent four anti-corruption bills to the Duma on Friday, including a basic bill on the fight against corruption and amendments editing legislation, Kremlin chief-of-staff Sergei Naryshkin told reporters earlier.

"The other two bills with long titles ... introduce amendments to 25 federal laws," he said, Interfax reported.

The Duma is expected to approve the legislation in November.