The former chief narcologist of the Ministry of Health was sent under house arrest

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Yevgeny Bryun

The Kuzminsky District Court of Moscow sent the former chief narcologist of the Ministry of Health Yevgeny Bryun, suspected of fraud, under house arrest for two months, the press service of the court told RBC.

They were also placed under house arrest Vice-President of the Russian Narcological League Vladimir Yakushev.

During the meeting, Brun himself declared his interest in the investigation finding the truth, and assured that he did not plan to hide, Interfax writes.

Yakushev pleaded guilty and entered into an agreement on cooperation with the investigation, said investigator in court.

Bryun is charged under Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud committed by an organized group or on an especially large scale, punishment— up to ten years in prison).

Brun's arrest became known on 19 August. RBC's source said that Brun, 71, and vice-president of the Association of Narcologists Vladimir Yakushev are suspected of fraud in the purchase of diagnostic devices that are used to detect the presence of drugs or alcohol.

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According to the investigation, Brun and Yakushev bought them at inflated prices and used companies associated with the latter's wife for this. Brun pleads not guilty.

On the same day, the Russian Ministry of Health announced that “the position of the chief freelance specialist of the ministry was excluded from the nomenclature.”

“Evgeny Brune today is not the main freelance specialist of the ministry, — assured the ministry. He has held this position since 2009.

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