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Alexander Bastrykin

Alexander Bastrykin


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

Major Companies Boost Corruption Fight With Help of New Law

Large companies in Russia are taking vigorous steps against corruption under the threat of prosecution abroad, even as the domestic legal system veers between stern threats and erratic enforcement.

Investigative Committee Wants Tough Punishment for Foreign Meddling in Strategic Firms

Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin has proposed amendments to the Criminal Code that would equate foreign control of Russian strategic enterprises with espionage, Vedomosti reported Tuesday.

What the Papers Say, Feb. 28, 2014

The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.

Investigative Committee to Crack Down on Corruption During Coming Privatization

The head of the powerful Investigative Committee said Thursday that preventing corruption during a planned privatization of state assets would be a top priority for his agency this year.

Critics Fear Post-Sochi Crackdown (Video)

With three days to go until the Winter Olympics in Sochi draw to a close, fears are growing among many Russians that the apparent tolerance of President Vladimir Putin toward critics of his government in the run-up to the games will dissipate after the last foreign participant leaves.

What the Papers Say, Feb. 7

The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.


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