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Interior Ministry Press Centre Bribe Giver Resigns


Colonel Anzhela Kastuyeva, head of the press centre of the Russian Interior Ministry Investigation Department, who has been caught giving a bribe, has resigned, RIA Novosti reports, citing the ministry’s press service. According to a ministry spokesman, Kastuyeva had submitted her resignation before a story appeared on her Facebook page telling how she had managed to deregister a vehicle by giving a bribe.

An unnamed press centre spokesperson told the news agency that Anzhela Kastuyeva submitted her resignation on Wednesday, 15 May, while the story on her Facebook page is known to have appeared on 16 May.

According to Kastuyeva herself, she learned about the post from journalists. She claims that her account was compromized, the dirt was published and then the profile was removed. The post placed on Anzhela Kastuyeva’s page said that she had been trying to deregister a vehicle for a long time, but after she paid a bribe of 5,000 roubles the matter was resolved in 15 minutes.

The Interior Ministry has begun a check on the fact of the post, and decision on her resignation will be made only when the check is complete. Kastuyeva has confirmed that she has indeed been deregistering a vehicle in order to sell it.

Anzhela Kastuyeva has been heading the press centre of the Russian Interior Ministry Investigation Department since 2011.