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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Jails Alpha Officer for Graft

A Russian military court has jailed an officer serving with the elite Alpha anti-terrorist force for five years for extortion -- the first such case in the unit's history, Kommersant Daily reported Tuesday.

Lieutenant Andrei Marmuzov, 20, and an accomplice had demanded $30,000 from a private security guard as "compensation" for damage caused in a car crash in Moscow involving the guard and a junior officer of Alpha.

Police had blamed the Alpha officer for the crash.