MOSCOW, May 7 (RAPSI) – Creator of the Telegram channel called Police Ombudsman Vladimir Vorontsov has been arrested in Moscow on suspicion of extorting 300,000 rubles ($4,000) from a former Interior Ministry employee, the press service of the Moscow Main Directorate of the Interior Ministry has told RAPSI.

According to the police, the arrested has demanded the money for non-distribution of personal photos, a source has said.

From 2012 to 2017, the victim served in Moscow police. In October 2017, the suspect called him and demanded 300,000 rubles threatening to publicly share his personal photos, the statement reads. The victim refused and his photos were published in the Telegram channel.

The suspect could face up to 7 years in jail if convicted of extortion.