Siberian Minister Suspended After Coke Snorting Report

The transport minister in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk regional government has been suspended following a media report accusing him of taking cocaine, the local governor’s spokesman said on Wednesday.

Krasnoyarsk Governor Lev Kuznetsov made the decision to suspend Zakhar Titov on Tuesday, after a local television channel reported that he had been detained “with traces of a small amount of cocaine.”

“According to our information, this was a real fact, not a spoof story,” the spokesman said, adding that an investigation was underway.

A spokeswoman for the Krasnoyarsk Region’s Transport Ministry told RIA Novosti that Titov considered the allegations a “provocation” and would “defend his position within the legal framework.”

Titov, 39, has held the post of Krasnoyarsk Region’s transport minister since April 2010.


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