Former Defense Ministry official Yevgenia Vasilyeva, former head of the ministry's property management administration, was charged with the illegal sale of land outside Moscow for $175 million, state news agency RIA Novosti reported Tuesday
She's been charged previously in a $433 million fraud case involving the sale of property held by subsidiaries of the state-run Oboronservis holding company. The company manages the Defense Ministry's real estate.
Vasilyeva is under house arrest while prosecutors in Moscow start proceedings on embezzlement and abuse of office charges. RIA Novosti did not indicate when she served in the Defense Ministry.
Transparency International in 2012 gave Russia a score of 28 on a scale of 0-100 where a score of zero means a country is perceived as highly corrupt.
A government watchdog said this month 70 percent of the 458 state contracts signed From July 1, 2011, to Dec. 31, 2012, violated procurement regulations. In July, the prosecutor general's office said there was a "high level" of bribery, forgery and abuse of power among members of the Russian armed forces. Corruption allegations extended to defense contractors.
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