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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Vice Probe Vindicates Rutskoi

Corruption charges against former Vice President Alexander Rutskoi were based on forged evidence and have been rejected by a government commission, a legal official said Thursday.

Senior legal official Vitaly Ryabov said the investigation had cleared Rutskoi, who is currently in prison facing charges of inciting mass unrest in October's White House siege, and that documents used to support the charges had been found to be false.

Rutskoi was accused last August of having received $3 million in state funds in a Swiss bank account. An enquiry has been launched into the origins of the forged documents, Ryabov said.