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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Parliament Will Debate Skuratov

President Boris Yeltsin made a fresh bid Tuesday to sack Russia's suspended prosecutor general, six months after the Federation Council rejected a similar attempt.

Interfax reported the council, made up of powerful regional leaders and which alone can fire the chief prosecutor, would debate the issue Wednesday at Yeltsin's request.

The Kremlin said earlier Tuesday that Yeltsin had received a request from a group of senators to return to the question of Skuratov.

Russia has been without a chief prosecutor since Yeltsin suspended Skuratov in April after allegations that he had abused his office.

Skuratov says he was suspended to block corruption probes he had launched against top officials.

The suspension followed the airing on state television of footage showing a man resembling Skuratov in bed with two prostitutes.

Skuratov never denied the footage was of him but said it proved officials were trying to blackmail him.