Valery Maksimenko was bribed with a rented cottage
The court sentenced the ex-deputy director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Valeria Maksimenko to nine years in prison on charges of bribery and abuse of power, reported the Prosecutor General’s Office.
Maksimenko was found guilty of crimes under Part 6 of Art. 290 (taking a bribe on an especially large scale) and part 3 of Art. 285 (abuse of power, entailing grave consequences) of the Criminal Code.
The court found that he received a bribe in the amount of more than 2 million rubles. in the form of property services from a certain businessman, the official was paid for the rent of a country house in 2018-2020. For this, Maksimenko “ensures the conclusion of contracts with the company controlled by the entrepreneur for the construction of facilities for the Federal Penitentiary Service.”
In addition, the former deputy ordered the territorial bodies of the Federal Penitentiary Service to conclude construction contracts with an unnamed federal state unitary enterprise (FSUE), which could not fulfill them. The amount of contracts amounted to 3.6 billion rubles. In the future, the company of the same entrepreneur who gave Maksimenko a bribe acted as a subcontractor.
As a result, the Federal State Unitary Enterprise suffered damage in the amount of more than 330 million rubles. The court ruled that the ex-deputy director must compensate for this damage, as well as pay a fine in the amount of more than 43 million rubles.
In addition, Maksimenko will not be able to hold positions in the civil service for 11 years, he is deprived of the special rank of “lieutenant general of the internal service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia” and state awards.
Instead of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise itself, TPO Reserve LLC and InzhSpetsKom LLC, associated with businessman Denis Stupin, were involved in the work as subcontractors. The latter, as a token of gratitude, as the prosecution and the court considered, for 2 million rubles. rented a cottage for the general in the village of Uspenskoye-1, located in the urban district of Odintsovo. […]
It is interesting that the Federal Penitentiary Service itself and its Federal State Unitary Enterprise, which was recognized as the injured party, did not present any financial claims against Mr. Maksimenko. A civil claim for damages was already filed during the trial on behalf of Anatoly Razinkin, First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation. […] Meanwhile, according to some reports, before the end of the process, the defendant said that he was so tired that he was ready right now to plead guilty to negligence in exchange for a minimum punishment. However, this did not happen. The defendant was sentenced to six years for abuse and eight years for a bribe, and “by partial addition” the final punishment was nine years in a strict regime.
“The money was withdrawn and stolen. I found it and returned it. All the documents are in this case. They threatened me for returning the money, they promised to put me in jail,” accused Valery Maksimenko justified himself. […]
Interestingly, just a week before the detention of the ex-official, he was worried about the lack of places in the colonies for ex-employees. In the three years that he was in jail, the situation has changed – they will definitely find a bed for the ex-general.
Maksimenko has been working in the penitentiary system since 2012, he took the post of deputy head of the Federal Penitentiary Service in 2016. He was released from office in March 2020. About his resignation letter Kommersant’s sources said back at the end of 2019.
Shortly before this Maksimenko stopped give comments to the media, although he previously officially covered the activities of the department. He noted that he was “ashamed” to do so. “Here’s an example: the head of a colony <...> dips a prisoner with his head into the toilet, and after that he becomes acting first deputy director, in which there are more than a dozen such colonies. Tell me honestly, how to comment on this? Maximenko said.
investigative committee delayed him in November 2020. At first, he was charged only with abuse of power.