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Aug. 09, 2005
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Russian Diplomat in UN Arrested for Bribery
Yesterday night in New York, authorities arrested the UN employee, Russian citizen Alexander Yakovlev. He was charged with bribery in exceptionally large amounts for the time period while he was participating in Oil for Food program for Iraq. However, the lead investigator Paul Volcker hinted that Yakovlev is only first on the list of the officials who would face the court.
The name of 52 years old Alexander Yakovlev had become known to the public in June of this year. That was after the official representative of UN Secretary General Stephan Dujarric said that the Russian procurement officer was forced to resign. The reason for the resignation became internal investigation of Yakovlevs possible conflict of the interest.

The UN officials refused to give up the details of investigation. However, the journalists were able to establish that Yakovlev placed his son in private company on well paid job. The company was competing for The UN contracts. The sources within the UN confirmed in fact this information. However, Secretary General of UN Kofi Annan left status of international official for Yakovlev and gives Russian diplomat immunity from the criminal prosecution. It is possible, that Yakovlev, who worked in UN since 1985 was given this status for his previous good job over the years.

However, the investigation found that Yakovlev has been involved in the corruption scheme of such huge scale, that he was denied the immunity status. As the investigation established, Yakovlev during his participation in Oil for Food program received about $1 million in bribes. After finding this out, the UN Secretary General signed an order to strip former procurement officer off the immunity. Yakovlev was arrested immediately after that.
Alexander Reutov

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