Minsk city executive committee

The first deputy chairman of the Minsk city executive committee, Mr Igor Vasilyev, has been detained by the State Security Committee of Belarus for allegedly extorting a US$500,000 bribe from a European investor company in return for securing a US$30 million contract.

Mr Vasilyev has reportedly admitted to receiving bribes. He could face up to 15 years imprisonment and have his property confiscated.