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Federal Penitentiary Service exposed for inefficient use of $250m in delayed construction« Назад
Construction of Kresty-2 pre-trial detention center in Kolpino
The Federal Penitentiary Service has been exposed for the inefficient use of 15 billion rubles ($250 million). The Accounts Chamber has found that this money had been allocated for the construction of two detention facilities, which were never commissioned.
It concerns the construction of a pre-trial detention center in Belorechensk, Krasnodar region, for which 2.37 billion rubles ($39.5 million) has been allocated, and a remand center in St. Petersburg’s Kolpino (Kresty-2), the cost of which reached 12.69 billion rubles ($210 million).
To recall, earlier the investigators exposed the embezzlement of over 56 million rubles ($933 thousand) in the construction of Kresty-2, which should have become the largest detention facility in Europe. Thus, charges were brought against Viktor Kudrin, the former director general of Generalnaya Stroitelnaya Korporatsiya OJSC (GSK, ‘General Construction Corporation’), which had been the construction contractor of the pre-trial detention center. The financial fraud was revealed during the investigation of the widely-publicized assassination of a high-profile officer of the regional department of the Federal Penitentiary Service, Colonel Nikolay Chernov, who had overseen the construction of departmental facilities.
The construction of the remand center in Belorechensk was marked by a corruption scandal. Acting Director of the Stroitelnoe Upravlenie (SU) No. 23 FSUE under the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Valery Kaklyugin got prosecuted. He is charged with taking bribes from construction companies for a total amount of more than 12 million rubles ($200 thousand).
To note, the Accounts Chamber conducted audit for the period from 2007 to 2016. During this time, the Federal Penitentiary Service received over 57.67 billion rubles ($961 million) from the federal budget. It is indicated that 13 pre-trial detention centers were to be put into operation during the reporting period, but only 6 of them were launched.
In addition, it was found that a remand center, commissioned in Chernyakhovsk of the Kaliningrad region in 2011, was not used until 2014; a remand center in Elban settlement of the Khabarovsk region, the construction of which had been completed in 2012, was not used up until 2014. Two years later, the occupancy of the latter was only 8.6%, indicating no need for it per se.
The Accounts Chamber has referred a report on the results to the State Duma and the Federation Council.