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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Banker Found Hanged in Cell

A top businessmen from one of the biggest Russian commercial banks was found hanged in his cell where he had been held for the last two weeks since being detained on suspicion of bribe-taking, a bank official said Friday.

Anatoly Bulyuk, deputy head of Agroprombank's office in the northern city of Murmansk, said in a telephone interview that the body of his boss, Vadim Khokhlovkin, had been found Wednesday in a pre-trial cell.

"We do not know for the present the reason of his suicide," Bulyuk said.

Bulyuk said police had accused Khokhlovkin of taking a bribe in exchange for issuing a 1.5 billion ruble credit ($621 million) to a businessman.

"We are sure it is a lie and have sent a protest to the police, the prosecutor's office and Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev," he said.

Bulyuk said Khokhlovkin had been detained without charge under President Boris Yeltsin's decree on crime.