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Russian prosecutors have filed final charges against a former Finance Ministry
Russian prosecutors have filed final charges against a former Finance Ministry official arrested on embezzlement charges, the Gazeta paper reported on Monday.

Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak, who oversaw foreign debt talks at the ministry and was a key figure in Russia's talks with the Paris Club, was detained on November 15, 2007, on charges of attempting to embezzle $43 million in state funds.

Russia's Investigation Committee earlier said his detention was related to the settlement of Soviet-era debts.

According to the paper, apart from the embezzlement charges, investigators were also accusing Storchak with abuse of office.

Final charges were also brought against the other suspects in the 'Storchak case' - Vadim Volkov, head of the Interregional Investment Bank and Viktor Zakharov, general director of the Sodexim company.

Andrei Romashov, a lawyer for Storchak, told Gazeta that the final accusations did not indicate the sum that the suspects had allegedly attempted to embezzle.

Romashov also told Gazeta that Storchak had dismissed the charges as "madness."

Storchak maintains his innocence. If convicted, he faces between five and ten years in prison


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