Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to replace the Attorney General, Yuri Chaika. He was one of the most influential men in the country but has been associated with corruption and criminal activities for many years.
An official reason for the dismissal has not been provided.
68-year-old Tchaika held the position since 2006. He will be replaced by 44-year-old Igor Krasnov, deputy director of the Russian Investigation Committee, which is responsible for criminal investigations in the country.
“Yuri Tchaika has been relieved of his duties with a view to his transfer to another position,” the Kremlin said, without giving any further details.
The Federation Council, the House of Lords of the Russian parliament, has yet to confirm the change. However, that is a formality that will take place on Wednesday.
Chaika was Minister of Justice from 1999 to 2006. He was measured one of the most powerful men in the Russian state since he had been in the centre of Russian justice since Putin took office.
In recent years, the opposition has accused him of having accumulated a considerable personal fortune during his career. He denies that himself.