Yevgeny Adamov (file photo) (ITAR-TASS)
January 15, 2007 -- Russia's former Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov today pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement and abuse of office during his trial in a Moscow court.
He is charged with embezzling $17 million in Russian state funds during his tenure as atomic energy minister between 1998 and 2001.
Adamov, who is also indicted by U.S. prosecutors for stealing $9 million earmarked to improve Russian nuclear safety, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
(AP, Interfax, ITAR-TASS)
Democracy In Russia
Demonstrators in Moscow carry a coffin with a television in it to protest government control over broadcasting (TASS file photo)
DO RUSSIANS LIKE THEIR GOVERNMENT? During a briefing at RFE/RL's Washington office on November 15, Richard Rose, director of the Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Aberdeen, discussed the results of 14 surveys he has conducted since 1992 on Russian public opinion about democracy and the country's development. He discussed the implications of these opinions for relations with the West and for Russia's 2008 presidential election.