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20 February, Thursday

Russian former prison official kills himself in court

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A former Russian prison service official has killed himself in court after he was sentenced to three years in jail, Eurasia Diary reports citing BBC.

Viktor Sviridov was at one time the head of the federal prison service's motor transport department.

He was convicted of extorting 10m roubles (£121,000; $155,000) from the service's former deputy director.

Moments after the judge ordered he be taken into custody, Sviridov shot himself in the head.

A court spokeswoman quoted on Russian news site RBC says he is thought to have brought the gun into the court himself.

Police are at the scene. Authorities have announced an investigation into court security following the shooting, RIA news agency reports.

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