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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Victor Sviridov, ex-head of the transport department of Russia’s federal prison authority, committed suicide inside the Moscow city court after the judge sentenced him to a jail term over corruption charges, the court spokeswoman, Uliana Solopova, said on Wednesday.

    "He did not survive," Sopova said, adding that Sviridov committed suicide immediately after hearing the ruling.

    According to the spokeswoman, the ex-official was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes that usually envisage sentences from seven to 15 years.

    The investigation into how Sviridov managed to bring a gun inside the courtroom is ongoing, Solopova said.

    According to the deceased former official’s lawyer, the defence team was hoping to avoid the prison sentence, as Sviridov was suffering from cancer.

    corruption charges, prison, suicide, Russia
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