Russian prison chief 'commits suicide' during search

2nd August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The head of a regional Russian penal service shot himself in the head and died Tuesday while police searched his office during a corruption probe, an investigative official said.

The prisons chief for the Far Eastern region of Khabarovsk Vladimir Konetsky "shot himself in the head from a state-issued pistol ... during a search of his office at work," Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax.

He said Konetsky had earlier in the day been formally charged with accepting a large bribe whose size or other details were not disclosed.

A Transparency International survey released in December said that one in four Russians had admitted to paying bribes in the past year.

© 2011 AFP

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