Head of Investigative Committee Alexandr Bastyrkin was deprived of escort vehicles
Today, the possibility of replacing the Head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin is really considered, now he travels without escort vehicles, told Forbes a source close to the Russian ICR.
"Bastrykin already doesn’t have the MIA Traffic safety special designation center “booster”. It is two Mercedes vehicles which drove in front of the ICR Head’s car Audi A8 Long", said the source to the publication.
According to the source, there are several candidates for Bastyrkin’s post: among them is the Head of the Presidential Control Directorate Konstantin Chuichenko. Now, his appointment is considered less likely, says the source of Forbes, familiar with the course of events. As a possible new Head of the agency the current Deputy Chairman of the ICR, the Major-General Justice Igor Krasnov can be. His name was sounded earlier by two sources of RBC close to the management of the ICR and the FSB.
Krasnov is known for investigating the high-profile cases. Since 2009, he worked on a case of murder of the lawyer Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova in the center of Moscow. As a result, the nationalists Nikita Tikhonov and Yevgenia Khasis involved in the activity of the Combat Organization of Russian Nationalists (BORN) were arrested and sentenced. Krasnov for two months led the investigation of the murder of Boris Nemtsov, after which he was replaced by Nikolai Tutevich. In May 2015, Krasnov headed a new division of the ICR which included the best officers of the agency.
Also the acting governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko was considered as Bastrykin’s replacement. According to sources, the decision to change the head of the Northern capital was made and in the security forces it was discussed that he could lead the united ICR.
On the eve, of the fact that Bastrykin will leave his post after the elections to the Duma, sources close to the management of the FSB, the central office of the ICR, and three sources close to the Presidential Administration reported to RBC.
The sources of RBC close to the Presidential Administration, the management of the FSB and the central office of the ICR indicated that Bastrykin will leave his post after the elections on 18 September. According to RBC, the decision about Bastyrkin’s career has been made after the arrest of his subordinates, including the Deputy Head of the Moscow Main Investigation Department Denis Nikandrov.
On September 15, the President's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said that he was unaware of the impending resignation of the ICR Head. The ICR spokesman Vladimir Markin wrote on his page on Twitter: «Stop making people laugh! Who can be RBC sources in the FSB and the ICR?! Unless those under investigation."
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).