ST. PETERSBURG, January 15 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – The St. Petersburg City Court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal filed by ex-deputy director of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) Nikolay Barinov against a 3.5-year prison sentence given to him for taking about 110 million rubles (about $2 million) in bribes during a detention center construction, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.

The court also upheld a 950,000-ruble ($15,000) fine imposed on the defendant.

The sentence therefore came into force.

Barinov was convicted and sentenced in June. The trial of ex-FSIN deputy director was held under a special procedure without examining evidence because the defendant has signed a plea deal and has cooperated with investigators in a prison hospital because of his poor health.

According to investigators, between May 2007 and December 2012, Barinov acting as the FSIN deputy director and supervisor of building a detention facility in St. Petersburg, regularly received bribes from top managers of firms engaged in the construction.

In particular, he promised two businessmen, Ruslan Khamkhokov and Viktor Kudrin, to assist in the execution of necessary documents on rendered services for the money reward in the amount of not less than 12% of each funds transfer of funds allocated for the work performance to the companies’ accounts. The construction companies’ heads transferred the money through ex-deputy chief of the FSIN St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region directorate Sergey Moiseyenko.

Allegedly, Barinov received around 110 million rubles in total.

Khamkhokov and Kudrin, who stand charged with corruption and economic crimes, as well as Moiseyenko charged with bribery and murder organization, have been earlier put in detention.