Penitentiary Service Administration Deputy Head detained upon $2.7m embezzlement
Svetlana Alexeeva may be involved in the case of theft of 160 million rubles ($2.7m).
Svetlana Alexeeva, the Deputy Head of the financial and economic department of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) of Russia, was detained by the FSB. She may be an accomplice in a major theft, in which Deputy Head of the service Oleg Korshunov is accused. Currently, Alexeeva is on interrogation in the Investigative Committee. The source of RBC informs that "there are signs of a crime, provided for by part 5 of Art. 33, part 4 of Art. 160 of the Criminal Code (Complicity in Embezzlement)".
According to RBC, Colonel Svetlana Alexeeva was detained at her workplace in the building of the FSIN central office on Zhitnaya Street in Moscow.
FSIN Deputy Head Oleg Korshunov was detained on September 13, 2017 while resting on his yacht in the suburbs. At the same time, the Investigative Committee conducted searches on both the yacht and the apartment that belonged to him. As a result of searches in the apartment of Korshunov there were found a lot of packs of money in different currencies and a collection of expensive wristwatches. On September 14, the Moscow Basmanny Court arrested him. According to the investigation, Oleg Korshunov inflated the prices for the supply of fuels and lubricants and food for the needs of the FSIN, having managed to steal 160 million rubles. Head of one of the FSIN departments Alexey Danilov and entrepreneur Marina Dyukova are charged too. They are under arrest too.
"As a result of the actions of the accused and his accomplices, the FSIN of Russia suffered damage totaling more than 160 million rubles," the Investigative Committee explained.
Korshunov does not admit his guilt. In his opinion, a lot of services are engaged in procurement that it is simply impossible to pull illegal scheme.
"The logistics department prepares documents for the auction. Then they are transferred to the contract service and undergo an examination - they are signed by financial management, legal management and management of bureau of internal affairs. Only after this auction is posted to the electronic platform, where the Federal Antimonopoly Service monitors it. After the end of the auction I sign documents. At this point, the documents are approved by all services," Korshunov said at the trial, while a preventive measure was chosen for him.
In addition, Korshunov was checked for involvement in the theft of about 1 billion rubles ($17.4m) through a network of online stores for prisoners, administered by the service of Kaluzhskoe federal state enterprise. The investigation believes that he stole this money, organizing the work of online stores in the colonies and jail, along with his friend, former head of Kaluzhskoe federal state enterpris Andrey Mukhetdinov.
On September 21, kingpin Vladimir Vagin, aka Vagon, hanged himself. Two years earlier another thief in law Max Pioner also committed suicide. Vagon's lawyer does not believe in the version of suicide and intends to apply for a forensic medical examination.