FMS Primorsky Reg chief arrested on bribery charges.

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VLADIVOSTOK, July 8 (Itar-Tass) — The Leninsky district court in Vladivostok ruled on Friday to arrest the chief of the Federal Migration Service’s Primorsky regional department, Alexander Mukhin, suspected of bribe taking, the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee’s regional department told Itar-Tass.

A criminal case was opened against the official on July 5 on bribery charges. According to the information of law enforcement authorities, Mukhin had a criminal agreement with a group of persons, not migration service employees, who found people seeking a speedily issued passport for foreign travel. For the accelerated passport issuing procedure, the chief received a sum that was agreed upon beforehand.

Part of the money given to Mukhin as a bribe and other things and documents have been taken as evidence in the investigation.

Mukhin previously headed the Kamchatka Territory’s police department. He was invited to work in the FMS Primorsky department and appointed to the position last spring.

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