The arrest of the minister was written on the portal "News of Gorny Altai". The publication indicates that along with the head of the department, his assistant was also detained. Kovalenko's phone is off.
According to TASS, referring to its source, the fact of the official's detention was confirmed.
"Yes, Kovalenko was detained. In this connection, it is being specified now", - said the interlocutor of the agency.
As clarifies the "Interfax", Kovalenko suspected of corruption crimes.
“Kovalenko is suspected of taking a bribe”, - a source told the newspaper.
Telegram channels write that the detention of the minister is related to the procurement of medical equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.