St. Petersburg Prosecutor Litvinenko stays afloat after General Office inspections
None of Litvinenko’s deputies have been praised by the commission of the Prosecutor General's Office.
The latest inspection by the Prosecutor General’s Office was the most extensive in the last 20 years. The headquarters checked all of its departments in St. Petersburg and the region. However, the inspection entailed no major reshuffles.
A source of the CrimeRussia informed that the St. Petersburg Prosecutor Sergey Litvinenko managed to stay in his office despite previous reports from numerous sources about his impending retirement.
As a result of the inspection, the commission issued a warning for the prosecutor of St. Petersburg. The source claims that the Prosecutor General's Office was content with imposing a penalty on Litvinenko. In April 2016, the Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika delivered a severe reprimand for improper execution of duties to Sergey Litvinenko.
The source reminded of the previous rumors that Litvinenko’s Office would be given to the Leningrad Region Prosecutor Stanislav Ivanov. The latter had support of Litvinenko’s sworn enemy in the headquarters, Yuri Chaika’s First Deputy, Aleksander Buksman.
However, on October 11, Ivanov was hospitalized with severe poisoning in adult department of the Institute of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Transplantation named after R.M. Gorbacheva in St. Petersburg, and then tendered his resignation.
As a reminder, this thorough inspection of the prosecutor's office in St. Petersburg began on September 21, when a delegation of 30 members of the Prosecutor General’s Office, headed by the Deputy Prosecutor General, the State Counsellor of Justice of the 1st class Viktor Grin, arrive from Moscow on a Sapsan train. Two days later, the Prosecutor General’s Office issued a special decree, making the employees of the Prosecutor's Office of St. Petersburg work seven days a week. Reports imply that the inspection was initiated by Yuri Chaika personally. The high management thought that Sergey Litvinenko had been systematically violating their orders.
For three weeks, members of the Prosecutor General’s Office were painstakingly checking the regional prosecutor's offices and the so-called House of Myatlevs on the St. Isaac's Square. They examined thousands of cases in a whole variety of spheres, from ecology to terrorism and drug trafficking. The auditors paid particular attention to the grounds for refusal to initiate criminal proceedings. The inspectors worked closely with all the employees of the prosecutor's office, except for Sergey Litvinenko. In addition, they were in touch with representatives of local authorities and law enforcement agencies.
The inspection indeed revealed certain violations. Investigation had been discontinued or even denied for about a thousand criminal cases. The commission found 515 decisions that need to be reversed, 180 illegal decisions to suspend the investigation, and 103 illegal decisions on the termination of the investigation.
The audit was completed in the first half of October, and the Prosecutor General’s Office evaluated Litvinenko’s deputies according to a five-mark grading system.
As Fontanka reported, four points were given to the supervisor of the children and anti-drug legislation enactment, the first Deputy Prosecutor Eduard Artyukhov and curator of public prosecution Ivan Eremeev. At the same time, the police supervisor Igor Rezonov, Investigative Committee supervisor Aleksander Chubykin, and small and medium businesses supervisor Dmitry Kharchenko, received only three points. Nobody among the deputies managed to get the highest mark for their efforts.
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