Kremlin hits back at 'golden pistols' corruption claim

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MOSCOW - Russia’s deputy prime minister on Saturday demanded an apology from protest leader and top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after he alleged massive corruption in an arms procurement deal.

The chief critic of President Vladimir Putin claimed Friday in his  corruption-busting blog that the defence ministry had announced a tender to buy  Glock pistols at a price he called four times the market rate. 

The ministry procurement agency was set to buy “ordinary pistols for the  price of gold ones,” he wrote.  

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defence sector, on  Saturday demanded an apology.   

He denied the allegations, writing on his official Twitter account that:  “Navalny will have to apologise.”  

Rogozin’s response was a rare acknowledgement by the government of the  existence of Navalny, who cemented his reputation by speaking at protest  rallies against Putin’s return to the Kremlin. - AFP


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