A close associate of a former Russian defense minister was placed under house arrest Friday on charges of defrauding the state of millions of dollars. Yevgeniya Vasilyeva, the 33-year old former head of the Defense Ministry’s property department, is accused of stealing more than 360 million rubles (over $11 million) through a scheme that involved the sale of the military’s prized land plots and real estate, Russia’s top investigative agency said. Vasilyeva faces up to six years in prison if convicted.
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