Russian penitentiary ex-head gets 8 years in prison for embezzlement
MOSCOW, June 14 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Court on Wednesday sentenced former head of Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) Alexander Reimer to 8 years in prison in ankle bracelets embezzlement case, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
Additionally, Reimer was fined 800,000 rubles ($14,000) and stripped of his General rank.
Reimer’s former deputy Nikolay Krivolapov, and ex-director of FSIN’s Information and Technical Support Center Viktor Opredelyonov, received 5 years and 8 months, and 6 years in prison respectively. Krivolapov was fined 600,000 rubles ($10,500) while Opredelyonov got a 700,000-ruble fine ($12,300).
Earlier, a prosecutor demanded a 9-year prison term and 1 million rubles fine ($17,500 at the current exchange rate) for Reimer. The court was also asked to sentence Krivolapov and Opredelyonov to 6 and 7 years in prison respectively.
According to investigators, Reimer, Krivolapov and Opredelyonov conspired with businessman Nikolay Martynov to embezzle monetary funds from the Russian state budget.
Between 2010 and 2012, Reimer and his accomplices stole money allocated for the purchase of ankle bracelets for persons placed under house arrest. The procurement was pursued at an enormously overvalued price. Damage allegedly caused to the state budget was estimated at no less than 2.7 billion rubles ($47.3 million at the current exchange rate).
The defendants have been charged, depending of their role, with abuse of office and embezzlement committed through abuse of office. Krivolapov was additionally charged with illegal possession of ammunition. They pleaded not guilty.
A case against Martynov was reviewed separately as he fully admitted his guilt in large-scale embezzlement. The businessman cooperated with investigators and announced that he is going to compensate the government with delivery of 7,000 new ankle bracelets. Martynov is a head of “NPF Meta” company that was supplying bracelets for prison inmates.