(QHA) -

The former deputy prime minister of Crimea Rustam Temirgaliyev is suspected of theft.

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) department for Crimea announced on February 17 that Rustam Temirgaliyev may be involved in the theft of more than 300 kilograms of gold and significant amount of cash from Ukraine's State Saving Bank (Oshchadbank) in Crimea.

Temirgaliyev served as Crimea's Deputy Prime Minister from February 2014, days before Crimea’s unification with Russia until June 2014. He was one of Sergey Aksyonov's closest allies.

After his dismissal from the post, Temirgaliyev was appointed the Plenipotentiary Envoy of Russia's Republic of Tatarstan in Kazakhstan in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

QHA