Russia Opens Criminal Case Against Former EBRD Director Kotova

The Russian Interior Ministry’s investigations committee opened a criminal case against the former European Bank for Reconstruction and Development board’s executive director for Russia, Elena Kotova.

Kotova, who left her post in December, is charged with attempting to extort a bribe of $1 million, deputy committee head Aleksandr Matveyev told reporters today. The case was opened yesterday.

“The circumstances of the case are being established,” Matveyev said. He declined to elaborate. He said that Kotova is currently in Moscow and has not been detained.

The EBRD’s press service didn’t comment on Kotova’s case and declined to assist with providing contacts for her or her lawyers.

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