Russian prisons boss arrested on graft charges

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The deputy head of Russia's prison service has been arrested and charged with embezzling some $2.8 million (2.3 million euros), investigators said Thursday, the latest eye-catching graft case in the country.

Oleg Korshunov is accused of syphoning off funds from a major state contract to supply fuel and food to prisons between 2015-2016, Russia's powerful Investigative Committee said.

The official was detained Wednesday by the FSB intelligence agency at his yacht club, TASS news agency reported.

Russia's prison system is often criticised by rights activists for poor conditions and abuses.

Official graft is rampant in Russia and Korshunov is just the latest high-profile official to be arrested for allegedly stealing large sums.

President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly pledged to crack down on the scourge, but despite occasional high-profile arrests critics accuse him of using his rule to enrich close friends and allies.

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