Highway robbery: Russian official accused of stealing 30-mile road


Russia has detained a senior prison service official on suspicion of stealing a 30-mile (50km) stretch of public road, investigators said.

Alexander Protopopov oversaw the dismantling of a concrete highway and sold off the slabs while prison service chief in the far-northern Komi region, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The road, which was made up of more than 7,000 reinforced concrete slabs, was “dismantled and driven away” over more than a year, between 2014 and 2015.

The slabs were subsequently used by a company that sold them on for a profit, investigators said.

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