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MOSCOW, June 26 (Itar-Tass) —— President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Federal Prisons Service Director Col. Gen. Alexander Reimer, the Kremlin said.
Col. Gen. Gennady Korniyenko is the new Director of the Service.
Korniyenko, Ph.D. of Law, was born in Lakhdenpokhya, Karelia, in 1954.
He joined the Security Services in 1981 and was a deputy head of the Federal Protective Service in 2001-2002.
Korniyenko headed the Federal State Messenger Service in 2002.
The Federal Prisons Service is one of the biggest law enforcement agencies of Russia. It employs over 300,000 persons who provide custody of approximately 800,000 inmates of detention centers, penitentiaries and prisons.
Reimer, 54, had been in charge of the Federal Prisons Service since 2009. His predecessor was Yuri Kalinin, who headed the service at the moment of its creation in December 2004. Earlier Reimer was the chief of the Orenburg and Samara regional police departments.