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Daghestani Deputy Prime Minister Charged With Fraud

A Moscow court has charged the deputy prime minister of Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Daghestan with fraud and ordered him held for two months in pretrial detention.

In its ruling on January 21, Moscow's Lefortovo District Court said that Magomedgusen Nasrutdinov is a risk to flee the country or try to influence witnesses.

Nasrutdinov, who was detained in Moscow on January 19, pleaded not guilty at the hearing.

He is suspected of multimillion-dollar fraud linked to the illegal ownership and registration of local gas distribution networks in the early 2000s.

The probe into his alleged illegal activities was launched six months ago.

Nasrutdinov faced similar charges in Daghestan two years ago, but a local court dropped the charges.

Based on reporting by "Kommersant," Interfax, and ITAR-TASS