Interpol prohibited from putting corrupted official on wanted list
MOSCOW, September 29 - RAPSI. The Prosecutor General's Office dismissed Interpol's request to put a former prosecutor allegedly involved in a high-profile casino case on the wanted list, Interpol Russia told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
Former Deputy Prosecutor Alexander Ignatenko was a defendant in the so-called "gambling" case.
The high-profile Moscow region gambling scandal was uncovered several months ago. Businessman Ivan Nazarov arranged a network of illegal casinos across 15 towns in the region. The owners allegedly made from $5 to $10 million every month.
According to the Federal Security Service, several high-ranking prosecutors and Interior Ministry officials were engaged in the illegal gambling scheme.
Investigators charged officials with receiving bribes from $75,000 to $471,500 from Nazarov, who was arrested but later released under his own recognizance.
RIA Novosti has yet to obtain comments from the Prosecutor General's Office.
The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in July that it learned from Interpol Russia that Ignatenko was put on the international wanted list. However, Interpol's press office told RIA Novosti the information was false.