Russian state investigators have detained Anatoly Tikhonov, a deputy energy minister, on funds embezzlement allegations, the Investigative Committee said on Wednesday, after conducting searches at the ministry a day before.
Tikhonov, as well as three other people, were detained on allegations of embezzlement of at least 603 million roubles (6.15 million pounds), the committee said, at the time Tikhonov headed the Russian energy agency (REA), a unit of the ministry.
Tikhonov, 51, is one of eight deputies for Energy Minister Alexander Novak. He was focused on digital projects at the ministry.
He headed the REA from 2014 to 2019 before being promoted to a deputy energy minister last year. The committee said on Wednesday that the alleged state funds embezzlement was related to the development of a digital system at the REA.
The energy ministry said in a statement that it will provide investigators with full assistance while declining other comments.