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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ex-Prosecutor Charged

MOSCOW -- Russia's former chief prosecutor has been charged with taking bribes to arrange lucrative oil contracts, the investigator in charge of his case said in a newspaper report published Friday.

Alexei Ilyushenko, who was acting chief prosecutor in 1994 and '95, took bribes from the head of an oil company, investigator Nikolai Yemelyanov told Moskovsky Komsomolets.

President Boris Yeltsin fired Ilyushenko in Oct. 1994 after parliament twice refused to confirm his appointment and the media accused him of incompetence and corruption.

Ilyushenko was arrested three months later and has been imprisoned without charges since that time. The charges were brought in late December and the trial date will be set soon, Yemelyanov said.