Though both Putin and Federation Council members stressed Friday that Ustinov's June 2 resignation was a non-political decision, he stepped down after the Council, acting on Putin's recommendation, unanimously called for his removal. Ustinov spent the majority of his time as Prosecutor General embroiled in the criminal case against former Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky [MosNews profile; JURIST news archive] who was convicted of tax evasion and is now incarcerated in a Siberian prison [JURIST reports]. RIA Novosti has local coverage of the Ustinov and Chaika installations.
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