Russia prison chief held for 'stealing' 50km road

2016-01-13 17:01


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday detained a senior prison service official on suspicion of "stealing" a 50km stretch of public road, investigators said.

Alexander Protopopov oversaw the dismantling of a concrete highway and sold off the slabs as prison service chief in the far northern Komi region, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The road, which was made up of over 7 000 reinforced concrete slabs, was "dismantled and driven away" over the period of more than a year, between 2014 and 2015.

The concrete slabs were subsequently used by a commercial company which also sold them on for a profit, investigators said.

Protopopov, now acting deputy chief of the national prison service, faces charges of misappropriating of state property while using his official position, which could lead to 10 years in jail.

While heading Komi region's prison service from 2010 to 2015, Protopopov won awards, including a medal for creating "spiritual unity", according to the prison service's website.

Other prison service officials participated in the scheme, pretending to dispose of waste, with one arrested so far, prosecutors said earlier.

Investigators said the scheme had cost the Russian Federation over six million rubles ($79 000) 

Road construction is one of the most corrupt sectors in Russia, with costs much higher than on comparable projects in other countries.

The construction of a mountain road for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games cost about $8bn, with Russian media claiming it would cost the same to slather the 48km stretch with black caviar.

Read more on:    russia

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.