Abyzov’s mother-in-law calls found drugs medical substance
Custody terms of the Open Government’s ex-Minister were extended.
The mother-in-law of former minister of the Russian Open Government Mikhail Abyzov, who was accused of swindling of 4 billion rubles ($ 62,1 million) and creating an organized criminal community, called the substance found in her apartment a medicine. Abyzov’s lawyer assured that a drug case has not been initiated against his client, URA.ru reports.
“These are not drugs, but a medical substance,” the defendant’s mother-in-law said.
Earlier, at a meeting on the extension of Abyzov’s custody terms, Sergey Stepanov, the investigator for particularly important cases under the Chairman of the Investigative Committee, said that during a search in Abyzov’s apartment, narcotic substances were found, RIA Novosti reports. Later it turned out that the substance was found at the ex-minister's mother-in-law.
On May 23, the Moscow Basmanny Court extended Abyzov’s arrest until July 25. According to the investigators, in 2011-2014, the ex-minister stole 4 billion rubles from the Siberian Energy Company and the Regional Electric Grids company, and then siphoned the money abroad.