Russian Anti-Corruption Officer Jailed After Police Find $139 Million In Cash Bribes In His Apartments

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A Russian anti-corruption police officer has been sentenced to more than a decade in jail after being found in possession of $139 million in cash bribes.

Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, 41, was serving as the acting deputy chief of a branch at the General Directorate of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs when he was arrested in September 2016.

Though he was only convicted of one charge of bribery, police found around 9 billion rubles (around $139 million) in cash—much of it in foreign currencies—at properties linked to him in Moscow, state news agency Tass reported.

Zakharchenko was sentenced to 13 years in a maximum security correctional facility and slapped with a fine of around $1.8 million. He was found guilty of accepting large-scale bribes and obstructing justice, Tass explained. He was also stripped of all titles and state awards. His lawyers have said they intend to appeal the sentence.

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