President Boris N. Yeltsin and his daughters are the subjects of an investigation into an alleged bribery scandal in the Kremlin, Russia's suspended chief prosecutor said Friday.
Yuri Skuratov, whom Yeltsin suspended as prosecutor general in March, told the Associated Press that he received documents from Swiss prosecutors alleging that the president and his family received kickbacks from the Swiss construction firm Mabetex.
Skuratov, who is himself under investigation for allegedly accepting prostitutes in return for diverting criminal investigations, technically remains Russia's top prosecutor since parliament has refused to accept his dismissal.
A report last week by the Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra claimed that Mabetex, which renovated the Kremlin, deposited more than $1 million in a Swiss bank account controlled by Kremlin manager Pavel Borodin. The report said Borodin allegedly made the money available to Yeltsin and his daughters, Tatyana Dyachenko and Yelena Okulova, through credit cards.
The Kremlin has denied that the president and his family had foreign bank accounts. Borodin said he has never had a Swiss bank account.