Chelyabinsk: Federal Migration Service ex-Head convicted of bribery dies in jail
The Colonel Sergey Ryazanov was sentenced in June 2016 to eight years in a penal colony for taking bribes totaling to about 500 thousand rubles.
The Colonel Sergey Ryazanov, the former Head of the Federal Migration Service in Chelyabinsk, died in Chelyabinsk detention facility №1. According to preliminary data, Ryazanov died of a heart attack, said the Ura.ru citing sources. The Federal Penitentiary Service and the Investigative Committee of Russia do not provide any official comments, yet they do not deny the convict is dead.
Ryazanov had been in jail pending appeal to be considered by the Chelyabinsk regional court.
In June 2016 the Colonel Ryazanov was sentenced for repeated bribe-taking to eight years in a penal colony and a fine of 30 million rubles by the Central District Court of Chelyabinsk. He was charged under item (c), part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking), and part 1 of Article 285 of the Criminal Code (Abuse of Official Powers). Immediately after the verdict Sergey Ryazanov was hospitalized with a heart condition.
In June 2013 the FMS Head was detained in downtown Chelyabinsk in the act of receiving a large bribe. The investigation revealed that between 2012 and 2013 Ryazanov regularly received money from the PVS director Sergey Chuvashov and Director of the FMS "Passports and Visas Service" Natalia Demyanova. Both the bribe-givers were engaged in paid services of passport registration and paperwork for obtaining residence and work permits in Russia.
Sergey Ryazanov was born December 27, 1968. In 1989 he started his career in the internal affairs bodies. Then in 2006, he was assigned head of the department providing passport and registration for the FMS in the Chelyabinsk region. In 2011, he replaced Artur Damert becoming the Head of the Federal Migration Service in the Chelyabinsk region. Artur Damert had been sentenced to 5 years in prison for bribery.