Tatarstan: FSB purges local Russian Federal Penitentiary Service Department, arrests Prison No. 3 warden
He is the third senior service officer arrested in Tatarstan in 3 days. The Prison No. 19 deputy warden had been placed under house arrest the day before. An inspector of the Kazan District Office of the Tatarstan Department was arrested for taking a bribe soon after.
The Sovetsky District Court of Kazan arrested Prison No. 3 Warden Ruslan Farrakhov for taking a 100,000-ruble bribe. The suspect and his attorney asked for house arrest until trial, but the Court sent Farrakhov to jail on June 20.
Farrakhov took the bribe when working in another prison, namely Prison № 19, according to investigators. Farrakhov’s criminal case is a part of years-long corrupt practices, namely the Service employees ‘shielding’ a for-profit company that won numerous tenders held by the Prison No. 19, according to Business Online (business-gazeta.ru). The day before, court placed Ramil Fayzullin under house arrest in the framework of an investigation into the illegal practices.
It was he who testified against his former Prison No. 19 boss Farrakhov, according to Business Online. That is why court did not incarcerate Fayzullin. It is worth mentioning that a criminal case was opened against the Prison No. 19 Deputy Warden for breaking part 5 of Article 290 (bribe-taking by a public official by previous concert or by an organized group) of the Russian Criminal Code. The both suspects face up to 12 years in prison for violating the article.
Prison No. 19 Deputy Warden Ramil Fayzullin
Meanwhile, Farrakhov’s arrest marks the beginning of a purge of the Tatarstan Department senior staff by the FSB, according to Business Online’s sources. Moreover, recent arrests of the Tatarstan Department senior staff can be a part of a criminal case against former Kazan Prison No. 19 Warden Almaz Tazeev accused of taking bribes and exceeding official powers.
Prison No. 19 Warden Almaz Tazeev
Almaz Tazeev was Farrakhov’s deputy when the latter was the Prison No. 19 Warden. Tazeev became Prison No. 19 Warden after Farrakhov was transferred to Prison No. 3 in the late 2015.
Court began hearing Tazeev’s case in Kazan on April 20. Prison No. 19 Operations Department Head Sergey Gerasimov is the 2nd defendant in Tazeev’s case. The 2 officers are accused of taking bribes from inmates. 33-year-old Almaz Tazeev is accused of taking bribes and exceeding official powers 17 times. Gerasimov is accused of exceeding official powers 3 times. The defendants did not plead guilty and deny the accusations. Both were suspended from work (but not dismissed) until the investigation is complete.
Prison No. 19 Operations Department Head Sergey Gerasimov
It is worth mentioning that yet another Tatarstan Department employee was caught red-handed when taking a bribe from a former inmate who had been released on parole; inspector of the Novo-Savinovsky District (Kazan) Corrective Services Inspection Marat Safiullin was arrested on April 28. A criminal case was opened against him for breaking part 3 of Article 290 (“Taking a Bribe by a Functionary”) of the Code. It has yet to be known whether his criminal case has something to with those against his colleagues or not.
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