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Russian prisons caught in $53 mn electronic bracelet fraud

Russian prison administration officials are suspected of stealing over $53 million after they tampered with the country's first contract for electronic bracelets, investigators said on Friday. Russia is following in the footsteps of Western countries in introducing electronic monitors for more minor offenders to relieve its notoriously overcrowded prisons. In violation of legislation, prison officials in 2010 awarded Russia's first contract to make electronic bracelets to their favoured bidder without holding an open-bid auction.
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