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Took No Bribes, Brezhnev Kin Says

September 09, 1988|Reuters

MOSCOW — Yuri M. Churbanov, the son-in-law of the late Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev, admitted on the fourth day of his trial Thursday that he abused his office as a top police official but denied that he took bribes.

Churbanov, 51, a former first deputy interior minister, has been accused of being at the center of a multimillion-dollar, nationwide web of corruption.

A bribery conviction could carry the death penalty, his lawyer said Thursday. Abuse of office carries a 10-year jail sentence.

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