Investigative Committee may be disembodied by summer 2018
According to sources of The CrimeRussia, the government agency may be abolished in May or June 2018.
The presidential administration is entertaining an initiative to abolish the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation by summer 2018. As the publication PASMI reports, it was the Head of the Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Alexander Romanov, who addressed the Head of the presidential administration of the Russian Federation Anton Vayno with such proposal.
The news network has a letter at its disposal that Romanov allegedly sent Vayno. It proposes to transfer cases with a particularly serious corpus delicti to the Prosecutor General's Office. The rest of the criminal cases will be considered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
At present, three departments are investigating criminal cases: the Investigative Committee (ICR), the Main Investigative Department (MID) of the FSB and the Investigative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The ICR was singled out from the Prosecutor General's Office seven years ago to deal with particularly grave and resonant cases.
The current structure of the investigative bodies of the Russian Federation has repeatedly been criticized. On April 26, 2017, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said during his speech in the Federation Council that for the last 2.5 years, employees of the ICR, the FSB MID and the Investigation Department illegally opened 6,700 criminal cases in which the investigators asked to arrest the defendants. At the same time, no one has been held responsible for blunders, and no one apologized before the wrongfully arrested ones, Chaika stressed.
In October 2016 it was rumored the Head of the ICR Alexander Bastrykin could be dismissed. At that time, he spent more than a week on vacation. However, up until now, rumors have not been confirmed.
Alexander Romanov himself called the rumors about his letter to Vayno "nonsense", reports Fontanka. He punctuated that his analyst concerned only the work of the Investigative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Sources of The CrimeRussia confirmed information on the possible abolition of ICR. According to them, it is supposed to occur no earlier than May or June 2018.
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