You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Russian ex-defense minister’s confidant charged

Anatoly Serdyukov

Anatoly Serdyukov

MOSCOW — A close associate of a former Russian defense minister was placed under house arrest on Friday on charges of defrauding the country 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 $11 million through a scheme that involved the sale of the military’s prized real estate, Russia’s top investigative agency said. Vasilyeva faces up to six years in prison if convicted.

Continue reading below

She pleaded not guilty to the charges and asked to be released bail, a request dismissed by Moscow’s Khamovnichesky district court.

President Vladimir Putin has pointed at the military corruption probe as a reason for firing Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov earlier this month, but some Russian media pointed at the minister’s alleged romantic relationship withVasilyeva as a key factor behind his downfall.

They said that Serdyukov angered his powerful father-in-law, Viktor Zubkov, a one-time prime minister and current chairman of the state-controlled Gazprom natural gas company.

The military corruption probe began abruptly last month with a predawn search of Vasilyeva’s apartment in a prestigious building where Serdyukov also lived. Russian news reports claimed that Serdyukov himself opened the door to investigators who knocked on Vasilyeva’s door.

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.