Yuri Chaika says Russian investigators are on downward path

Yuri Chaika says Russian investigators are on downward path
Yuri Chaika

The Prosecutor General noted that many Russian investigators tend to meet legitimate demands of prosecutors rather inappropriately.

Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika said that Russian investigative bodies have become noticeably less efficient over the past decades, when speaking at a meeting in Tula.

"If 20 or 25 years ago the relationship between the investigator and the criminal was a battle of intellects, now everything is simple: a jail, a special order used to consider up to 70% of cases. He [the investigator] gets on the downward path, and [eventually] believes he can apply the same reaction to legitimate demands of prosecutors, unfortunately," the Prosecutor General said.

Yuri Chaika also said that an investigator should react to lawful demands of the prosecutor given the criminal procedural legislation, but this is not the case today. The Prosecutor General expressed regret that many Russian investigators would say this level of efficiency is extremely rare.

Previously, President Vladimir Putin instructed the Prosecutor General's Office to "strengthen supervision over investigation bodies exponentially." Rumor has it that law enforcement and investigative bodies will undergo a fundamental reorganization.

Two basic concepts of reforming the investigation bodies are discussed on the Web. Under the first one, the Investigative Committee will be back under full control of the Prosecutor's Office or simply disbanded. Under another concept, the investigation procedures currently held by the ICR will be distributed among other departments. For instance, the FSB could get the right to initiate criminal cases against certain type of officials - prosecutors, heads of investigative bodies and lawyers.

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