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Russian prison service confirms Defense Ministry property chief held in women's colony

August 07, 2015, 14:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Officials were responding to media and public speculation as to Yevgenia Vasilyeva's whereabouts after she withdrew an appeal against her sentence for embezzlement
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Yevgenia Vasilyeva

Yevgenia Vasilyeva

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MOSCOW, August 7. /TASS/. Federal Penetentiary Service officials have confirmed that the convicted former chief of Russia's Defense Ministry property department is serving a custodial sentence at a women's colony in central Russia.

Officials were responding to media and public speculation as to Yevgenia Vasilyeva's whereabouts after she withdrew an appeal against her sentence for embezzlement and intimidating witnesses.

The department confirmed that Vasilyeva is serving her sentence at a women’s colony in the Vladimir reigon. "Answering a number of media and society requests, we confirm Vasilyeva’s location in a penitentiary," the service told TASS in a statement.

Vasilyeva was sentenced to five years' detention. She will serve two years and three months, account taken of time she spent under house arrest.

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