Former deputy head of Federal Penitentiary Service gets new charge

Former deputy head of Federal Penitentiary Service gets new charge
Oleg Korshunov Photo: Sergei Fadeichev / TASS

This time Oleg Korshunov is suspected of office abuse.

Oleg Korshunov, the former deputy head of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), is suspected of exceeding official powers. A source of Kommersant in the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that another criminal case was opened against Korshunov.

According to the source, the case was initiated under part 3 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (abuse of official powers committed by a person who holds a public office of the Russian Federation and entailing grave consequences). The official caused damage to the state for a total of at least 193 million rubles ($3.4m) during the construction of a Simferopol remand center accommodating 366 inmates. The prison has not been built, let alone put into operation.

This is the fifth criminal case against Oleg Korshunov. All of them are related to frauds when buying supplies for construction or for prisoners’ work. The investigation found that he and entrepreneur Marina Dyukova inflated prices for building materials when signing two state contracts; 160 million rubles ($2.8m) got wasted.

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