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MOSCOW -- A Russian Defense Ministry official has been arrested for allegedly taking a bribe, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The Prosecutor-General's Investigative Committee announced that Sergei Yemelin, the deputy head of the Defense Ministry's Construction Department in Moscow, was arrested for extorting significant amounts of money from construction companies in return for certifying that building work was completed on schedule.

Investigators claimYemelin was detained while accepting 4.5 million rubles ($144,000) in cash as a bribe. He is being held at a pretrial detention center in Moscow.

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