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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Buryatia’s Top Cop Put Under Arrest

A Moscow court on Tuesday sanctioned the arrest of Buryatia’s top police chief along with his deputy, who claimed he was tortured in detention.

Viktor Syusyura was detained in Ulan-Ude on Saturday and brought to Moscow with his deputy, Andrei Shurupov, to face smuggling charges.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement Tuesday that the two had been arrested in connection with a contraband case opened in 2006, when Syusyura headed the Interior Ministry’s Azov-Black Sea transportation department.

Syusyura and Shurupov, Buryatia’s top police official for tax crimes, are suspected of allowing contraband goods into the Krasnodar region from the Middle East, causing 20 million rubles ($680,200) in damages to the state, investigators said.

Official charges are to be filed within 10 days.

The court rejected a request Tuesday to release Shurupov on bail of 70,000 rubles, Interfax reported.

Shurupov’s defense lawyer said Federal Security Service officers had tortured his client with “drowning, electric shock and cold,” reported.

Both suspects maintained their innocence in court Tuesday.