MOSCOW, October 21 (RAPSI) - Moscow’s Basmanny District court on Monday extended detention of Andrey Frolov, a defendant in a 100-million-ruble ($1.6 million) extortion case involving the Interior Ministry’s Major General Alexander Melnikov, for 3 months, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.

He will stay in detention until January 22.

Frolov stands charged with fraud.

According to investigators, the first deputy chief of the Interior Ministry’s Main Directorate for public order maintenance Melnikov along with his accomplices extorted 100 million rubles from businessman Arthur Panyushkin for termination of his criminal prosecution.