MOSCOW, July 2 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court’s ruling on extension of detention of ex-director of the Investigative Committee's Main Investigations Directorate, General Alexander Drymanov charged with corruption, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.

The defendant has lost his appeal and will stay jailed until July 16.

The hearing was held behind closed doors as the case has classified information.

Drymanov was arrested in mid-July 2018. He stands charged with receiving two large-scale and especially large-scale bribes. The defendant pleads not guilty and calls the case fabricated.

In March 2018, Drymanov was questioned as a witness in a case against ex-chief of the Investigative Committee’s Internal Security Directorate Mikhail Maksimenko. On April 20, Maksimenko was found guilty of taking two bribes and received a 13-year prison sentence. Additionally, he was fined 165 million rubles ($2.5 million).

During interrogation the general denied alleged participation of Maksimenko in a corruption scheme.

At present, Drymanov is not employed and lives on pension, according to his personal version.