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Russian Colonel Placed Under House Arrest For Washing Machine Bribe

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A Russian general staff colonel in charge of overseeing mobilization has been put under two months of house arrest for allegedly demanding a washing machine as a bribe from a fellow officer, the Kommersant daily reported. report on tuesday.

Colonel Ivan Mertvishchev pleaded guilty to soliciting an unusual bribe from a Moscow military commissar who was to visit the conscription office. Mertvishchev apparently knows that the mobilization is going very poorly, and tells the commissar that if he wants to pass the inspection, he should give him a washing machine worth 70,000 rubles ($1,153). did.

However, instead of doing what Mertyshchev requested, the commissar decided to lodge an official complaint with the FSB’s military counterintelligence department.

Kommersant reports that the pleading colonel is now face Maximum 12 years imprisonment.

The FSB and the commission of inquiry will also determine whether Mertvyshev has committed similar crimes in the past.

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