Corruption in social protection – Krasnoyarsk official suspected of large-scale fraud
The head of Krasnoyarsk department of Russian Social Insurance Fund Irina Astanina has been charged with large scale fraud under art. 159 para. 4 of the Criminal Code. The court has not yet decided on the restraint measure for the official.
Krasnoyarsk directorate of the Federal Security Service (FSB) has opened a criminal case after conducting a search at the head office of the fund. For legal reasons, the essence of the claim has not been disclosed yet, but the searches, as reported by FSB, were carried out to detect signs of embezzlement.
Irina Astanina headed the Social Insurance Fund for only six months, since November 2015. Prior to that, she spent six years in a senior position at the Directorate of the Russian Ministry of Justice in Krasnoyarsk Krai. Before that, Astanina was the head of the territorial department of the Federal Agency for State Property Management in the Krasnoyarsk Krai. Up to 2004 she headed the regional registration chamber. The official was awarded the medal "For Commitment" of the II degree and the "Honorary Worker of Justice of Russia" badge. Astanina has almost thirty years of total work experience in civil service.
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