Moscow: Senior Russian defence officials including the ministry`s top doctor have been detained in a corruption probe over a contract to supply medical equipment, the central investigative committee said on Thursday.
The men were detained on Wednesday in a probe into the purchase of medical equipment, the investigative committee said in a statement. "During questioning, the suspects gave confessionary statements.”
Investigators named the men as the head of the ministry`s medical arm, Alexander Belevitin, who holds the rank of major-general, and the chief military medic in the Moscow region, Colonel Alexei Nikitin.
At a preliminary hearing on Thursday, an investigator said the men were suspected of taking a bribe of 4.7 million rubles (USD 168,300) and of discussing killing the chief witness in the case, the Interfax news agency reported. An investigator told a hearing at a Moscow military tribunal that the men had been recorded as they discussed killing a witness, named only as Vilken, Interfax reported.