March 6, 2007 -- Prosecutors in Russia's Irkutsk Oblast have charged a mayor and his deputy with masterminding the murder of a local legislator.
Prosecutors allege that Slyudyansky Raion Mayor Vasily Saikov and his deputy, Khasan Ramazanov, ordered the murder of lawmaker Aleksandr Babuchenko in March 2005.
Saikov and Ramazanov were detained on February 26 and remain in custody in Irkutsk.
Russia's Battle Against Corruption
Citizens of Russia's Urals region protest against alleged corruption in connection with a proposed smelting plant on Lake Shartash (TASS)
'A NATIONAL THREAT': Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighted the crippling problem of corruption during his annual address to the Federal Assembly in May. He emphasized the damaging impact of corruption on the country's economy and pledged to rid Russia once and for all of a "serious obstacle" ...(more)