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Russian investigators: $3.9 million in jewelry confiscated from former defense official's home
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, October 4, 2013 9:05 AM EDT
Russia's Investigative Committee has confiscated 57,000 diamonds and 19 kilograms of jewelry from a former defense ministry official in an ongoing investigation into corruption charges.
Vasilyeva was charged in 2012 with fraud related to the sale of military assets, then said to be worth about $11 million. Russia's military investigators announced Tuesday that they are now estimating the total damage at about 3 billion rubles ($93 million).
Vasilyeva is a close ally of former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who was ousted President Vladimir Putin. The nation's military establishment has been haunted by corruption accusations for years.