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Putin nominates justice minister as new Russia prosecutor general

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] nominated Justice Minister Yury Chaika [official profile, in Russian] on Monday to be the country's new prosecutor-general [official website]. Leaders of the Federation Council [official website], the upper house of parliament, said they expected Chaika to be confirmed [RIA Novosti report]. A vote is scheduled for June 23. The speaker of the lower house, the Duma, also expressed approval of the choice [RIA Novosti report]. Chaika has been justice minister since 1999. Before that, he was deputy prosecutor-general for four years.

Chaika would replace Vladimir Ustinov, who resigned [JURIST report] under pressure earlier this month amid criticism that he wasn't doing enough to fight corruption. Ustinov stepped down after the Federation Council, acting on Putin's recommendation, unanimously called for his removal. Radio Free Europe has more.

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