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Russia's customs chief resigns over corruption allegations

  • Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, meets with Vladimir Bulavin, newly appointed head of the Federal Customs Service in Moscow, Russia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Alexander Astafyev/Sputnik, Government Press Service Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, meets with Vladimir Bulavin, newly appointed head of the Federal Customs Service in Moscow, Russia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Alexander Astafyev/Sputnik, Government Press Service Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, meets with Vladimir Bulavin, newly appointed head of the Federal Customs Service in Moscow, Russia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Alexander Astafyev/Sputnik, Government Press Service Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, meets with Vladimir Bulavin, newly appointed head of the Federal Customs Service in Moscow, Russia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Alexander Astafyev/Sputnik, Government Press Service Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Russian prime minister has accepted the resignation of the head of the customs agency, several days after investigators searched his home and founds hundreds of thousand dollars stashed in shoe boxes.

The Russian government's website on Thursday published a decree signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev saying that Andrei Belyaninov was dismissed after he handed in his notice.

Investigators earlier this week searched Belyaninov's house as part of a probe into alcohol smuggling. Footage filmed inside his lavish home showed him take out from a cupboard shoe boxes full of cash. Russian television quoted an unnamed source close to Belyaninov as saying that was his family's savings.