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Saturday, August 27, 2016


Alexander Bastrykin

Assumed office
15 January 2011

Personal details
27 August 1953 (age 62)
Pskov, Soviet Union (now Russia)

Alexander Ivanovich Bastrykin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ива́нович Бастры́кин, born August 27, 1953 in Pskov) is a Russian official, Former First Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia, and former Chairman of The Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor General's Office. Since January 21, 2011, he is the Head of The Investigative Committee of Russia.


Alexander Bastrykin graduated from the Law Department of Leningrad State University in 1975, and was a university classmate of Vladimir Putin.


In 2007, President Vladimir Putin established the Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor General's Office, de facto independent from the Prosecutor General's Office, and Bastrykin became its first chairman. The appointment was reportedly instigated by Igor Sechin, wishing to retain his influence after the dismissal of his close ally Vladimir Ustinov from the position of prosecutor general in 2006.

2009 Nevsky Express bombing

On November 28, 2009, as head of the Investigative Committee at the scene of the 2009 Nevsky Express bombing, Bastrykin was injured by a second bomb and was hospitalised. The second bomb was reportedly targeted at investigators, and was detonated by mobile phone.

Threatening the life of a journalist

According to Dmitry Muratov, Bastrykin threatened the life of newspaper editor Sergei Sokolov, and jokingly assured him that he would investigate the murder himself.


Bastrykin and Vladimir Putin in working meeting, 21 February 2013

Bastrykin holds a doctor of law degree, and has published more than 100 scholarly works in Russia. In 2007 Bastrykin was publicly accused of plagiarism, because parts of his then new book "Signs of the Hand. Dactyloscopy" (2004) had been rewritten from the famous book of German writer Jürgen Thorwald. In 2013 these accusations were confirmed and supplemented by Dissernet community and its founder Sergei Parkhomenko: it was found that Bastrykin's book also contains an entire chapter from the book by Anthony Summers "The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover" (in Russian translation “The FBI Empire – Myths, Secrets, Intrigues”).

Secret residence permit and real estate in the Czech Republic

On 26 July 2012 Russian blogger and anticorruption activist Alexey Navalny published documents indicating that Bastrykin had a residence permit and owned real estate in the Czech Republic. Mr. Navalny wrote that the real estate holding and residence permit in a country belonging to NATO, a military alliance opposed to Russia, should raise questions about Mr. Bastrykin’s security clearance for work in law enforcement and access to state secrets.

Honours and award

Russia's Top Investigator Bastrykin Defends Death Penalty
May. 29 2014 — 19:34


The head of Russia's Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, opposed removing the death penalty as a punishment.
The head of Russia's Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, has defended the death penalty, suggesting it serves to discourage some from committing extreme crimes such as acts of terrorism.

Speaking at a meeting of State Duma deputies on Thursday, Bastrykin opposed removing the death penalty as a punishment from the country's Criminal Code, though he does not support it "as a general practice," Interfax reported.

"But I think that it should be in our legislation for the hypothetical possibility of its application," he said.

Bastrykin cited the execution of the 2011 Minsk metro bombers as an example of a situation where the death penalty served a positive cause.

"Two people were executed and now the subject is closed," he said, newspaper Gazeta.ru cited Bastrykin as saying. "I think Belarus will not witness such terrible events anytime soon."

Dmitry Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalyov, both 25, were sentenced to death by a Belarussian court in 2011 for staging a bomb attack on a metro station in Minsk in which 15 people were killed.

In Russia, a moratorium on the death penalty has been in place since 1997, pending ratification by the State Duma on its abolition.

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