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Russian Interior Ministry Official Detained With Suitcase Of Cash

Russia's national Investigative Committee says the head of the medical directorate at the Interior Ministry has been arrested after investigators allegedly saw him accepting a huge amount of cash over government contracts.

Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said General Yury Sabanin was detained on June 20 while taking possession of a briefcase containing 2.5 million rubles ($76,000) from an official of a private company.

The spokesman said the cash was allegedly part of a payoff for helping the firm secure contracts with the Interior Ministry.

The spokesman suggested that Sabanin had received one installment of 1 million rubles ($30,400) on an alleged bribe last year.

During the arrest, the spokesman said Sabanin tried to get rid of the briefcase by throwing it out a window and later claimed to be having a heart attack.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax

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