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.