Former head of Kuzbass Main Directorate of Federal Penitentiary Service sentenced to 8.5 years in colony for bribes

Former head of Kuzbass Main Directorate of Federal Penitentiary Service sentenced to 8.5 years in colony for bribes
Konstantin Antonkin

Besides that, Konstantin Antonkin has been ordered to pay a 44 million rubles ($695 thousand) fine.

Court in Kemerovo rendered a guilty verdict against a former head of the Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation in the region Konstantin Antonkin, having found guilty of taking a bribe.

According to the case file, from 2012 up to 2013, Antonkin misused the power of his office, having illegally signed a government contract for development of documentation relating to estimates for a project of construction of a new pretrial detention centre in Kuzbass.

The head of the Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service persuaded the senior executives of the construction company to tie up a subcontract for development of this documentation with another company. For this, he received 10 million rubles ($158 thousand) from a head of the subcontract company. However, the project documentation related to the new remand prison was not made. With that, budget funds worth of more than 44 million rubles ($695 thousand) were spent illegally.

Antonkin pleads not guilty and is intent on appealing against the sentence. The prosecution asked for 9 years in a strict regime for him, but a judge sent the ex-head to a colony for 8.5 years, having sentenced him to a 44 million rubles ($695 thousand).

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