In a Late-Night Move, Russia Arrests a Top Economic Official in a Bribery Case

From the New York Times

Russians awoke to an extraordinary scandal on Tuesday with the minister of economic development detained on charges of soliciting a $2 million bribe — a drop in the bucket in a country where brazen corruption is almost a sport.

The minister, Aleksei Ulyukayev, 60, a liberal stalwart with a trademark porcupine haircut, was detained in the middle of the night, a Soviet-like tactic against officials who have fallen into disfavor that many thought had been retired.

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