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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Adamov: U.S. Is Smearing Russia

Former Nuclear Minister Yevgeny Adamov, who is in Swiss custody pending a U.S. extradition request, accused American authorities on Tuesday of fabricating charges against him to smear Russia's image. Adamov is accused by the U.S. of stealing money intended to improve Russia's nuclear safety.

"Their main goal is to prove that the government of Russia is corrupt, and such a country with nuclear weapons can't be left uncontrolled; it needs guardianship, control and patronage," Adamov told Ekho Moskvy radio.

"The creation of an image of a corrupt Russia with a thieving, corrupt leadership is a step toward the occupation of our country," he said.