MOSCOW, September 7 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – Victims in the embezzlement case against ex-head of Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) Alexander Reimer have filed a civil lawsuit demanding repayment of 3.4 billon rubles ($52.5 million), RAPSI reports from the Zamoskvoretsky District Court on Wednesday.

Victims in their claim ask the court to collect from the case defendants 2.7 billion rubles ($42 million), the sum of caused damage, plus 721 million rubles (about $11 million) as interest for “use of another's monetary assets.”

According to indictment, Reimer and his accomplices conspired to embezzle monetary funds from the Russian state budget.

Charges have been brought against Reimer, his former deputy Nikolai Krivolapov, director of FSIN’s Information and Technical Support Center Viktor Opredelyonov. They were charged, depending of their role, with abuse of office and embezzlement committed through abuse of office. Krivolapov was additionally charged with illegal possession of ammunition.

According to investigators, between 2010 and 2012, Reimer and his accomplices embezzled over 1.2 billion rubles ($18.5 million) allocated for purchase of ankle bracelets for persons placed under house arrest. The procurement was pursued at an enormously overvalued price. Damage allegedly caused to the state budget was estimated at no less than 2.7 billion rubles ($42 million).

 The case against Martynov was reviewed separately as he fully admitted his guilt in large-scale embezzlement in 2010-2012 over the purchase of ankle bracelets for the Federal Penitentiary System. Martynov cooperated with investigators and announced that he is going to compensate the government with delivery of 7,000 new ankle bracelets. Businessman is a head of “NPF Meta” company that was supplying bracelets for prison inmates.

On June 30, the Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow sentenced businessman Nikolai Martynov to 3 years and 8 months in prison in relation to this case and fined him 500,000 rubles ($7,700).