A Moscow court ruled Wednesday that former Defense Ministry official turned celebrity Yevgenia Vasilyeva was guilty of fraud as one of Russia’s most high profile corruption trials entered its final stage.
Vasilyeva, who denies her guilt, is accused of stealing 3 billion rubles ($59 million) in twelve separate incidents as part of a huge graft scheme at the Defense Ministry. She was found guilty of eight of 12 alleged charges of criminal activity, TASS news agency reported Wednesday evening.
The scandal erupted in 2012 and cost several top officials, including then Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, their jobs.
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