Agents from Russia’s top intelligence body staged raids that led to the arrest of a senior prosecutor and another official at the country’s leading investigative authority in a probe targeting people suspected of taking bribes from an organized-crime group.
Agents from the federal branch of the Investigative Committee detained the deputy chief as well as the head of internal security of its Moscow branch, the Interfax news service reported on Tuesday, citing a law-enforcement official it didn’t identify. Seven senior officials are under investigation, Interfax said.
The arrests coincided with raids by the Federal Security Service, the modern incarnation of the Soviet-era KGB, on the offices and homes of officials from the main investigation authority. Officials from the committee, the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, are suspected of abusing authority and taking bribes from members of a criminal group, the FSB press service said.
Russia, the most corrupt major economy according to Berlin-based Transparency International, has faced accusations of ties between senior officials and crime syndicates from Spanish prosecutors who’ve investigated money laundering by Russian organized crime groups.