( Always a bad deal )
Russian Finance Official Arrested for Trading Govt Secrets for
Created: 01.12.2004 12:52 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 12:52 MSK, 13 hours
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A senior Russian Finance Ministry official has been detained on
suspicion of trading classified government information for a Mercedes
car that he accepted as a bribe from two businessmen.
Denis Mikhailov, the head of the department in charge of international
financial cooperation, state debt and financial assets, was suspected
of selling government secrets to two Russian businessmen, Reuters
reports, citing a statement from the prosecutor-general's office.
"An investigation has revealed that Mikhailov has handed over a
document, which contained classified data, to businessmen Alexei
Kirzhnev and Teimuraz Karchala," the statement said.
The cost of the car, which has been confiscated by law enforcement
authorities, was estimated at nearly $100,000, Gazeta.Ru reported.
There was no information on what sort of information was traded for
Corruption among civil servants is rife in Russia and has been blamed
for setbacks in the nation's economic development.