Former Head of Federal Penitentiary Service is on trial
Former Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service has allegedly inflicted damage to the state to the extent of 2.7 billion rubles.
The Moscow Prosecutor's Office accepted indictment for the former Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Reimer, his Deputy Nikolay Krivolapov and the Director of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Center for Information Technology and Communications of the Federal Penitentiary Service (TSITOS) Victor Opredelenov. They were charged under part 3 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Abuse of Official Powers entailing grave consequences), and part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling committed by an organized group or on an especially large scale).
According to investigation, detainees stole funds from state budget, allocated for installation of electronic monitoring systems for controlling detainees (electronic bracelets). The suspects carried out purchase of electronic bracelets from the affiliated TSITOS Federal State Unitary Enterprise at overestimated prices. Despite the fact that the TSITOS had not have the required equipment, heads of the Federal Penitentiary Service made contract worth more than 3.3 billion rubles with the company, 1.2 billion of which were stolen. According to investigators, 140 million rubles were stolen personally by Reimer.
At the moment, the size of the criminal case has reached 133 volumes.
Corruption is overwhelming in the Republic of Bashkortostan. It infiltrates all branches of power. The recent arrests in the Bashkir Prosecutor’s Office clearly show that justice can be bought and sold there, while the verdict of Themis depends only on the purse size. All powerful officials and businessmen in the republic know how much it costs to institute or dismiss a case. After the replacement of the regional head, the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation has found out that not only the supreme authorities of the Republican Prosecutor’s Office are involved in the corruption scheme – but judges and high-ranked police commanders as well. What officials have sullied their reputation with bribe-taking and are going to fall victims to yet another sweeping purge? What are millions of rubles paid for? What is the true scale of corruption in the region – champion among national republics by that parameter?