MOSCOW, July 26 (RAPSI) – Investigators have opened a criminal case against a chief of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry’s St. Petersburg Main Department suspected of extorting a 2-million-ruble bribe ($32,000), the Investigative Committee’s press service reports.

According to investigators, the suspect, threatening a CEO of one of commercial firms to commit certain actions to cause a damage to his legal interests, demanded the money from the entrepreneur.

On July 24, the emergencies official received the bribe in the form of cash and moulage in the amount of 2 million rubles through an intermediary, the statement reads. His accomplice and he were arrested after the receipt of the bribe.