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North Caucasus

Chechnya's Top Federal Investigator Steps Down

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Did Chechen Investigative Committee Head Fall Foul Of Fellow Siloviki?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Major-General Sergei Bobrov, whom he had named less than eight months ago to head the Chechnya branch of the Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor-General’s Office for a period of two years.
By RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service
The head of the Russian Investigative Committee's directorate in Chechnya, Sergei Bobrov, has left his post, just months after accepting it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted Bobrov's resignation from the federal investigative unit.

Bobrov was appointed to a two-year stint as head the Investigative Committee in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya just seven months ago.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on his Instagram account that Putin must have had serious grounds for replacing Bobrov, adding that he would refrain from commenting on rumors.

Unconfirmed media reports in Russia said Bobrov had met serious resistance from Chechen authorities, whose alleged misdeeds Bobrov was tasked with investigating.

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