Yury Chaika (file photo) (ITAR-TASS)
August 22, 2006 -- Russian Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika has been elected chairman of the CIS prosecutor-generals' coordination council.
The election took place today at a meeting of CIS prosecutor-generals in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.
Participants agreed to step up efforts against corruption. A formal document to that effect should be signed at the next meeting of the coordination council that will take place in Kazakhstan next spring.
Russia Beyond 2008
President Putin is mulling his political future (epa)
THE 2008 QUESTION: President Vladimir Putin's second term of office ends in the spring of 2008. Since the Russian Constitution bars him from seeking a third consecutive term, this event threatens to present a crisis in a country that has a history of managed power transitions. Already, Russian politics are dominated by the ominous 2008 question. RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a briefing to discuss the prospects of Putin seeking a third term. The featured speakers were RFE/RL Communications Director Don Jensen and political scientist Peter Reddaway of George Washington University.