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Russia's Putin Fires Altai Police Chief

10 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed an order dismissing the chief of police in Siberia's Altai Krai.

No reason was given for firing police chief Vladimir Valkov but Russia's Interior Ministry said the decision was made several days ago.

The Prosecutor-General's Office said the dismissal was connected to the 7 August death of Altai Governor Mikhail Yevdokimov in an automobile accident. The prosecutor's office said Valkov had not provided Yevdokimov with adequate security.

Yevdokimov died when his car veered off a highway and hit a tree on 7 August near the town of Biisk, some 3,000 kilometers southeast of Moscow. The driver of the vehicle and a bodyguard were also killed.

Yevdokimov, a well-known comedian elected governor last year, was buried on 10 August.