Russian prison governor fired after crime bosses pay for luxurious cells
The governor of a Russian prison has lost his job after he was found to be providing luxurious cells for jailed crime bosses, fitted with plasma televisions, fish tanks and drinks cabinets.
State prosecutors in the Volgograd region discovered the cash-for-favours abuse during an unannounced spot check. They said criminal "authorities" at the region's prison number 12 were living in pleasant rooms equipped with "soft furnishings, mod cons, and luxury items" in clear breach of the law.
Prosecutors alleged that inmates also had mobile phones and internet access.
A photograph of one such cell showed a cosy wood-panelled room equipped with an aquarium and a sofa bed. The governor has already been replaced. (© Daily Telegraph, London)