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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Donskoi Charges Filed

Arkhangelsk Mayor Alexander Donskoi was formally charged with abuse of office Thursday, regional prosecutors said.

Donskoi, 37, was arrested in his home Wednesday on suspicion of dipping into city coffers to pay for bodyguards for himself and his family.

If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison.

Donskoi's problems began shortly after announcing he would run for president in November. He has also been embroiled in a dispute with Arkhangelsk Governor Nikolai Kiselyov.