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Moscow Deputy Mayor In Bribe Probe

Moscow Deputy Mayor Aleksandr Ryabinin shown next to the crest of the City of Moscow
MOSCOW -- The Russian Prosecutor-General's Investigative Committee has launched an investigation into alleged bribe taking by Moscow Deputy Mayor Aleksandr Ryabinin, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told journalists that Ryabinin is suspected of taking commercial property from a company as a bribe for agreeing in December to a development project in a Moscow district.

The property in question was officially registered as owned by his daughter.

Ryabinin, 51, supervises investment and business contracts in Moscow.

Ryabinin had abuse of power charges against him dropped in March due to a lack of evidence. He had been accused of forcing a businessman to sign over a nonresidential building in Moscow to his daughter by means of a fraudulent contract.