General of Perm FSIN’s Main Directorate sentenced to 12 years in colony and loses 4 kg of coins he received as bribes

General of Perm FSIN’s Main Directorate sentenced to 12 years in colony and loses 4 kg of coins he received as bribes
Aleksander Sokolov

Aleksander Sokolov took not only valuable things but also land plots, package tours and cash as bribes.

The court in the Perm Region found the former head of the Federal Penitentiary Service’s (FSIN) Main Directorate for the region, Aleksander Sokolov, guilty of bribe-taking on an especially large scale, either personally or through an intermediary (clause "c" of part 5 of Art. 290 and and part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code). As punishment, the 56-year-old lieutenant-general was sentenced to 12 years in a strict-regime colony and a fine of 3 million rubles (~48.000 USD).

As the court established, in 2012-2013, the then head of the FSIN’s Main Directorate, Solokov, took bribes from one of the local entrepreneurs, providing him with general protection in exchange. In particular, the companies belonging to the businessman received contracts for the supply of products to the Perm colonies.

The investigation found out that for his “services” the official received gifts for a total of 661 thousand rubles (~10.000 USD): three certificates for the purchase of tour tickets in the total cost of 400,000 rubles (~6.500 USD) and two collectible silver coins weighing 1 and 3 kg worth 81,000 (~1.300 USD) and 180,000 rubles (~3.000 USD).

Apart from that, Sokolov received a land plot of an area of ​​0.5 hectares and a cost of more than 1.2 million rubles (~20.000 USD) from a deputy head of the administration of one of the rural settlements of Perm Region. In return, the official promised to provide protection to the head of the Perm colony IK-29, Andrey Lesnichy.

The latter also acted as an intermediary, transferring ownership documents to the general. In January 2013, the former chief registered the land plot in a close relative’s name via a fictitious donation contract.

It is to be added that Lesnichy was also convicted under part 4 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (mediation in bribery) and was sentenced to a fine of 2.8 million rubles (~45.000 USD). He is also deprived of a special title “Colonel of Internal Service.”

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