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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kokh Denies Charge

NEW YORK -- Former head of the State Property Ministry Alfred Kokh, accused of stealing government property, has denied the charge.

Kokh has been charged with illegally obtaining an apartment in downtown Moscow in 1993. If convicted, he faces five to 10 years in prison and confiscation of the apartment.

Kokh, speaking during a break Wednesday at a conference on Russian-American relations, called the accusation "absolute nonsense" and said he was given the apartment as compensation for moving to Moscow to join the government.