20 Dec 2018 20:09

Ex-FSB officer gets 24 years in penal colony for murders in Urals

YEKATERINBURG. Dec 20 (Interfax) - The Ural District Military Court on Thursday delivered a guilty verdict against Alexei Korotkov, a former officer of the Tyumen regional FSB branch, a court spokesman told Interfax.

"Twenty four years in a high-security penal colony and 500,000 rubles as fine, with the revocation of the military title of lieutenant in reserve," the spokesman said.

Korotkov was charged with murders, armed robberies, disorderly conduct and hijacking cars, he said.

The spokesman confirmed that the case was tried using a special procedure. "Yes, he had a plea deal on him," he said.

The spokesman also confirmed that Korotkov had criminal associates.

According to media reports, former Tyumen FSB officer Korotkov acted together with his associates, including several FSB officers, to commit murders of entrepreneurs in the region between 2008 and 2016. The defendants reportedly attempted to take control of those businessmen who engaged in money laundering and illicit transfer of monetary assets abroad. Korotkov was one of the leaders in the criminal group. He made a confession.