. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Officials Detain Ex-Prosecutor

Russia's former top prosecutor has been detained on suspicion of corruption, Interfax quoted a senior law official as saying Thursday.

President Boris Yeltsin earlier said a criminal case had been opened against the former acting prosecutor general, Alexei Ilyushenko.

Yeltsin said during a visit to Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains that Ilyushenko had been accused of "major machinations."

Interfax quoted a senior aide to the current prosecutor general, Yury Skuratov, as saying Ilyushenko had been detained. He was being investigated under articles in the criminal code concerning misuse of power and bribe-taking.

Yeltsin sacked Ilyushenko last year amid media reports that his wife was involved in some shady deals. Ilyushenko said at the time he felt no guilt.

"Criminal proceedings were launched yesterday against major figures -- former chief prosecutor Ilyushenko for major machinations," Yeltsin said, going on to list others. (Story, Page 13.)