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Russian anti-corruption boss caught with enormous sum of cash

Crime WorldBy Sunday World

The Kremlin on Monday insisted it was serious about tackling endemic graft in Russia after a top anti-corruption official was busted with over $120 million in cash.

Dmitry Zakharchenko, the acting head of an anti-graft agency at the Russian interior ministry, was formally arrested on Saturday for receiving "especially large" bribes after police found banknotes worth more than $120 million in a raid on a Moscow flat.

A source reportedly said: "The final amount is unknown. [Police] confiscated a cache only in [Zakharchenko’s] house; it is not yet known how many more assets [he has], but we are working in this direction."

A Kremlin spokesman said President Vladimir Putin had been informed about the latest high-profile graft case to rock the country and insisted authorities were cracking down on rampant official graft.

"The fight against corruption is a very multi-faceted process, that is very bumpy and very complex," spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Critics of Kremlin strongman Putin insist he has turned a blind eye to widespread corruption as his close allies have amassed vast fortunes during his time in power.

In another recent high-profile corruption case, officials from the powerful Investigative Committee - Russia's equivalent of the FBI - were detained in July on suspicion of taking huge bribes from a mob boss in return for dropping his case.