Moscow Penitentiary Service Head to resign, might go to trial
The reason for Anatoly Tikhomirov's resignation could be subsidies he received in the amount of 30 million rubles ($500.000).
Anatoly Tikhomirov is leaving his post as Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) in the Moscow region. According to Life, the official will resign at the request of Gennady Kornienko, the department Head.
The Moscow FSIN Head’s resignation may be part of the anti-corruption campaign within the institution. In 2012, Tikhomirov's name was seen in the scandal around illegal subsidies for housing, when the colonel received 30 million rubles to buy an apartment, although he already had one, of 74 square meters. His wife also owned a plot of 2,000 square meters. In 2014, the official used the subsidy to purchase an apartment in an elite housing estate in the southwest of Moscow. Kornienko must have told Tikhomirov he knew about the story and threatened he would initiate criminal proceedings unless the latter retires.
According to another version, Tikhomirov's resignation has nothing to do with the subsidies. The colonel got bored with the dead-end work, so he decided to leave the post. In 2015, when Tikhomirov became head of the Moscow regional department, he was allegedly promised a seat in the Moscow City office, yet no offers were coming, and therefore the colonel filed for resignation.
After Tikhomirov leaves, his job can be performed by his subordinate Colonel Andrey Novikov, who is in charge of security in pre-trial detention facilities and correctional colonies.
However, there have been no official statements about Tikhomirov's resignation so far and FSIN is yet to comment on the matter.
Major general Igor Vasiliev, Head of the Engineering Support Service of the Federal Protection Service (FPS), and lieutenant general Ulitin subordinate to him are currently in the middle of a scandal. However, it is unlikely that they lose their posts. Reportedly, the two generals are just the tip of the huge corruption iceberg in the law enforcement structures. This is not the first embezzlement episode in their careers.