Russian prison officer arrested over 2,000-dollar bribe

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Russian police arrested a prison officer after he took a bribe worth 2,000 dollars from a detainee in return for better food and visiting rights, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Colonel Nikolay Pavlenko, the deputy head of a prison colony in Saint Petersburg, was arrested as he received a bribe from the wife of a prisoner, local prosecutors said.

Pavlenko "extorted a bribe on the promise of creating more favourable detention conditions for a detainee, notably granting him extra food and visits," according to prosecutors.

Corruption remains rampant in Russia, and it was ranked among the world's 25 most corrupt countries by Transparency International in the watchdog's October report.

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