Top Investigator in Storchak Case Fired

The investigator who was leading the high-profile embezzlement case against Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak was fired Monday.

Dmitry Dovgy was fired as head of the main investigative unit of the Investigative Committee after an inquiry showed he had broken laws relating to disclosure of confidential information and official duties.

"The decision was taken after the results of an inquiry in relation to Dmitry Dovgy," said a spokesman for the committee, which answers to the Prosecutor General. The spokesman gave no reasons for Dovgy's dismissal.

Dovgy's office was in charge of the case against Storchak who has been held in custody since November on charges of attempting to embezzle $43 million in budget funds.

Dovgy also headed the investigation of Anna Politkovskaya's murder. Politkovskaya, a journalist and fierce critic of the Kremlin, was shot dead outside her flat in October 2006.