19 Apr 2018 15:17

Moskalkova requests info on death of businessman Pshenichny from FSIN, St. Petersburg prosecutors

MOSCOW. April 19 (Interfax) - Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova has contacted prosecutors and the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) over media reports about the killing of businessman Valery Pshenichny, who was accused of misappropriating funds, in a detention facility.

"Today I made requests with the St. Petersburg prosecutors and FSIN [Director Alexander] Korniyenko for objective information, and for either doing away with this speculation or taking measures to restore justice. If this is true, the guilty should be punished," Moskalkova told reporters on Wednesday.

"Very contradictory information is coming from St. Petersburg's Detention Facility No. 4," she said.

"I have not been contacted, but I believe that if the information now being reported in the media is real, it should be evaluated appropriately," Moskalkova said.

Pshenichny, 56, a resident of St. Petersburg, was charged with massive fraud in a case involving the construction of the Varshavyanka submarine.

It was reported on February 5 that his body had been found in Detention Facility No. 4 of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's branch for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.