Former deputy head of Russian FSIN communications center detained in France

Former deputy head of Russian FSIN communications center detained in France

In the Russian Federation, the ex-official was accused of abuse of power.

France detained Pavel Shchetinin, the former deputy head of the Communications Center of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation, at the request of Russia. Shchetinin was previously put on the international wanted list for alleged abuse of power, the press service of the Russian Prosecutor General reported. The supervisory authority prepares documents to request the extradition of the detainee.

According to investigators, Shchetinin was involved in a fraudulent scheme when purchasing one and a half thousand computers from the Atlas company for the FSIN. The contract value amounted to about 160 million rubles ($ 2,5 million). The supplier was allegedly chosen in violation of the law.

In October 2018, the former head of the FSIN, Igor Shaykov, and his deputy Andrey Krasnyukov were arrested in this case. Shchetinin managed to escape.

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