Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Former Russian prison official kills himself after jail sentence for bribery

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A former Russian prison service official diagnosed with terminal cancer shot himself dead in a courtroom on Wednesday after being handed a three-year jail sentence on corruption charges.

Viktor Sviridov, who had served as a transport manager in the federal prison service, took out a pistol and shot himself dead in the courtroom after hearing the verdict.

An investigation has begun into how Sviridov was able to smuggle the gun into the court building.

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Sviridov has pleaded guilty to extorting a 10-million ruble (€150,000) bribe from another prison service official but his lawyers asked the judge not to impose a prison sentence because of his advanced and incurable cancer.

“The circumstances in which the defendant … carried weapons to the courthouse, are being established,” Ulyana Solopova, spokeswoman for the Moscow City Court, told RIA Novosti.

A typical sentence for the bribery conviction would be between 7 and to 15 years in prison, the agency sai

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