Moscow metro chief profited from false patents: prosecutor

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Russia chief prosecutor called on the Moscow mayor Tuesday to dismiss the head of the capital's underground metro system for profiting from royalties on inventions in which he played no part.

Moscow metro chief Dmitry Gayev reaped some 112 million rubles (3.6 million dollars) in profits from the false patents, Interfax quoted a prosecutor's office statement as saying.

The statement said that other top metro executives were involved in the scheme, but provided no further details.

Gayev has headed Moscow's sprawling subway system since 1995 and was seen as a close ally of former mayor Yury Luzhkov, who enjoyed unprecedented control over the city until his dismissal by the Kremlin in September.

© 2010 AFP

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