Federal Penitentiary Service Deputy Head Korshunov charged with billion-ruble theft

Federal Penitentiary Service Deputy Head Korshunov charged with billion-ruble theft
Oleg Korshunov

The Lieutenant General stole the money with the help of his friend Andrei Mukhetdinov, the ex-head of Kaluzhskoye Enterprise.

Deputy Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) Oleg Korshunov is suspected of embezzling 1 billion rubles ($17m). He stole the money by organizing online stores in colonies and pre-trial detention centers. The investigation believes that Korshunov created the fraudulent scheme together with his friend Andrei Mukhetdinov, the ex-head of Kaluzhskoye Enterprise.

Vladimir Osechkin, the founder of the human rights project Gulagu.net (lit. “No to Gulag”) told RBC that it was Korshunov who had lobbied for the appointment of his friend to the post of Kaluzhskoye CEO. According to the human rights activist, a few years before Korshunov joined the FSIN, the agency had had online stores.

"Entrepreneurs had contracts with the Moscow FSIN, under which they sent 18% of their turnover to the budget. Korshunov closed all the contracts at Kaluzhskoye, put his trusted persons instead of the entrepreneurs and took away the computer equipment," Osechkin said. According to him, deductions to the budget ceased to come after the changes.

Earlier, the CrimeRussia conducted an investigation into Korshunov’s corruption activities. We wrote that the official had created so-called FSIN Trading House, which was supposed to take over all purchases and supposedly end corruption in the Service by not letting prison chiefs to conclude contracts, according to the original plan. The chiefs were then kept out, and companies affiliated with Korshunov got the lion's share of the Trading House contracts, while Mukhetdinov’s companies kept winning Kaluzhskoye tenders.

On March 13, 2017, the Investigative Committee of the Kaluga Region sent jurisdiction findings to Moscow stating that there were signs of the crime violating Art. 285 of the Criminal Code (Abuse of Official Powers) in Korshunov's actions.

Meanwhile, Oleg Korshunov may also become a person of interest in the case about embezzlement during the construction of Kresty-2 prison in St. Petersburg.

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