The Odintsovo City Court of the Moscow Region on Friday, May 12, sentenced the former deputy head of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Valery Maksimenko to nine years in a strict regime colony.
The ex-official was found guilty under articles on accepting a bribe on an especially large scale and on abuse of official powers, which entailed grave consequences.
Maksimenko was also deprived of the rank of lieutenant general and state awards. In addition, he was ordered to pay more than 370 million rubles, informed the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation.
As clarified in the Investigative Committee, because of the actions of Maksimenko, the implementation of the federal target program “Development of the penitentiary system” was also disrupted. As a result, 19 construction sites were not put into operation, RIA Novosti reports. “The flight was carried out without ammunition.” Mi-28 helicopter crashed in Crimea
The essence of the matter
It is specified that from July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020, Maksimenko received more than 2.1 million rubles in bribes from a businessman in the form of a long-term lease of a country house.
In return, as established in court, Maksimenko secured the conclusion of contracts with a company controlled by the entrepreneur for the construction of facilities for the Federal Penitentiary Service.
“Also in 2018-2019, Maksimenko, knowing that one of the enterprises did not have the necessary resources to perform construction and installation work, ordered the territorial bodies of the Federal Penitentiary Service to conclude state contracts with this Federal State Unitary Enterprise in the amount of 3.6 billion rubles for further conclusion of contracts subcontracting with the companies of the above-named businessman, ”the publication says.
The Prosecutor General’s Office noted that as a result of Maksimenko’s abuse of his official powers, 19 state contracts were not executed, “which led to the discrediting and undermining the authority of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia and causing damage to the Federal State Unitary Enterprise in the amount of more than 330 million 83 thousand rubles.” For all students, the former rights will be retained. How higher education is being reformed in Russia
Criminal cases against the leaders of the Federal Penitentiary Service
In September 2017, Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service Oleg Korshunov was detained for taking a bribe. According to the investigation, in 2015-2016, together with a number of other officials, he organized the conclusion of two state contracts at inflated prices for the supply of fuel and sugar for the department.
In July 2019, the Gagarinsky Court of Moscow found Korshunov guilty of fraud and sentenced him to seven years in prison, a fine of 900 thousand rubles and deprivation of his class rank.
Another criminal case is being investigated against him, alleging the embezzlement of about 95 million rubles allocated for the construction of a pre-trial detention center in Simferopol.
On November 2, 2017, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against ex-deputy director of the Federal Penitentiary Service Nikolai Barinov. The official who oversaw the construction of the Kresty-2 pre-trial detention center in the Kolpino district of St. Petersburg, according to investigators, repeatedly received bribes from representatives of construction contractors.
The total amount of bribes amounted to 44 million rubles. Barinov pleaded guilty, he was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison and a fine of 950 thousand rubles, TASS writes.