Three Penitentiary Service generals fired after scandal with theft of money for radio sets
Officially, it is reported that high-ranking employees resigned.
Sources of RBC in the central office of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) reported that three generals were dismissed from their posts.
Among those who left the service were Head of the FSIN Department of Engineering, Technical and Information Support, Communications and Armament of the Federal Penitentiary Service Yuri Barinov, Head of the Legal Department of the Service Leonid Klimakov and Head of the Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service for the Irkutsk region Anatoly Kilanov. Colonel Evgeny Lukyanets, who occupied the post of the Head of the Penitentiary Organization, was fired too.
Officers are relieved of their duties. A source at the FSIN says that "they have resigned so far."
"[They] are relieved of their duties at will - someone is retiring, someone gets another job," the source adds.
At the moment, the acting heads are appointed. These are colonels Yuri Omelchenko, Oleg Polyabin, Elena Korobkova and Alexey Girichev. The question of appointing permanent representatives to these posts will be decided.
The dismissals of the siloviki could be aligned with a loud case, which was initiated in early February. The criminal case concerned the theft of budgetary funds allocated for the purchase of radio sets for the needs of the Federal Penitentiary Service for the amount of 141.6 million rubles ($2.5m). There are officials, whose names were not mentioned, but it was noted that they were employees of the Main Information and Technical Support and Communications Center (GTSITOIS) FSIN, as well as unidentified employees of the commercial company T-Helper Telecom. The case was initiated under Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Exceeding Official Powers) and Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Swindling). One of the resigned generals, Yuri Barinov, supervised GTSITOIS.