Russian Deputy Chief of Staff Detained on Bribery Suspicion

A Russian deputy chief of staff, Vadim Shamarin, has been detained by authorities over suspicions of receiving a bribe, local media reported on Thursday. Shamarin, who also serves as the head of the army’s Main Communications Directorate, was taken in for interrogation on Wednesday, according to the Russian daily Izvestia.

Reports indicate that Shamarin is suspected of receiving a bribe “on an especially large scale.” This development follows the recent arrest of Ivan Popov, the former commander of the 58th Army of the Russian Armed Forces, who was detained as part of a fraud case. Popov’s lawyer has announced plans to appeal the decision, maintaining his client’s innocence.

The Russian Defense Ministry has not yet commented on these reports. Over the past month, a crackdown on corruption and fraud within the Russian military has led to the arrest of multiple military officials.–News Desk