Alexander Bastrykin (Александр Иванович Бастрыкин) was born on Aug. 27, 1953, in Pskov.
Education: Law, Leningrad State University, 1975 (He was a classmate of Vladimir Putin's.) Ph.D., law, 1987.
1983: Secretary of the Leningrad Region Komsomol
1985: Senior lecturer in the Leningrad State University law department
1988: Director of the Investigative Officers' Training Institute within the Office of the Public Prosecutor of the Soviet Union
1992: Rector of the St. Petersburg Law Institute
2001: Head of the Justice Ministry's department for the Northwest Federal District
2006: Head of the Interior Ministry's department for the Central Federal District
2007: First deputy prosecutor general
2007: Head of the newly formed Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor General's Office
2009: Injured by a bomb while investigating a terrorist attack on the Nevsky Express train
January 2011-present: Head of the Investigative Committee, now independent from the Prosecutor General's Office