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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

St. Pete's Police Chief Resigns




ST. PETERSBURG -- In the wake of another St. Petersburg murder, the city police chief has resigned, saying he "saw it as his duty to take this step."


But the city police said Chief Viktor Vlasov's resignation had nothing to do with the murder last week of city legislator Viktor Novosyolov. Instead, the police said Vlasov was resigning because the Interior Ministry had twice reprimanded him for lax anti-terrorist security measures.


St. Petersburg has witnessed many high-profile killings in recent years. Novosyolov's was followed by the killing Friday of Vladimir Ivanov, who police said worked for Novosyolov as his personal photographer. Ivanov was shot dead in his apartment.


In Novsyolov's case, police say they have detained two men: Artur Gudkov, 34, of Belarus, and Nikolai Petrov, 25, of St. Petersburg. Police first said Gudkov had been killed by Novosyolov's bodyguard, but later said they fibbed to further the investigation.