Russian Politics, & Personalities

Southern Federal District

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BORN: 25 February, 1953 in Nikolaevsk-on-Amur in Russia’s Far East.

EDUCATION: Mr Ustinov graduated from Kharkov Law School in 1978.

CAREER: *Ustinov graduated from the Kharkov Law School in 1978 and came back to the Krasnodar region where he started his career as the assistant to the district prosecutor, slowly rising through the ranks.  *From 1992-1997 Vladimir Ustinov served as the state prosecutor of the Black Sea resort city Sochi. His tenure there was overshadowed by a series of scandals with the local press accusing him of wrecking and red-taping a number of important cases.  *He was appointed to the post of Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation in 1997. *In 1998, Vladimir Ustinov was appointed chief of the North Caucasus branch of the General Prosecutor’s Office.  *On 6 April 1999 he was dismissed from his position as chief of the North Caucasus branch of the General Prosecutor’s Office, and moved to Moscow to serve as deputy Prosecutor General.  *Mr Ustinov was appointed to serve as acting Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation in July 1999.  *He was appointed Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation in May 2000.  *Mr Ustinov “resigned” as Prosecutor General on 2 June 2006.  *He was appointed Justice Minister of the Russian Federation on 26 June 2006.  *He replaced Grigory Rapota as Envoy to the Southern Federal District in May 2008.

MISCELLANEOUS: *Vladimir Ustinov is a second-generation prosecutor: his father served as state prosecutor in the southern Krasnodar region of the Russian Federation. *Protégé of Yuri Skuratov.  *Initiated investigation of Yukos.  *In 2003 he was named the Man of the Year in the category “For reinforcement of the law and order” by the Russian biographical institute. The award ceremony took place in the pompous Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow.  *Tied to Igor Sechin – Ustinov’s son, Dmitry is married to Igor Sechin’s daughter, Inga.

SUBORDINATES: *The Southern Federal District consists of Kalmykia, Astrakhan Oblast, Adygeya, Rostov Oblast, Volgograd Oblast, and Krasnodar Krai.

Written by Nina Jobe

October 1, 2009 at 12:41 PM

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