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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Top Official Charged

MOSCOW -- A senior Russian Finance Ministry official was charged Wednesday with accepting a hefty bribe from a Moscow bank that has since collapsed, Interfax reported.

Former First Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Petrov was charged with accepting $520,000 in return for authorizing the transfer of public funds to Eskado bank, the news agency reported.

Petrov, 44, was arrested by the Federal Security Service as part of an inquiry into graft linked to the attribution of public money to the regions in 1995-96.