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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Regional Prosecutors

MOSCOW -- The chief prosecutor will set up new regional offices to put teeth in President Vladimir Putin's drive to tighten Moscow's control over the provinces, officials said Wednesday.

Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov has ordered the establishment of prosecutor's offices in each of seven administrative zones Putin created earlier this month, his office said in a statement.

The new prosecutor's offices would give the Kremlin a powerful tool to bring in line regional governors whose policies are deemed to contradict federal law. Prosecutors in the 89 regions are often loyal to governors and would be reluctant to move against them on Kremlin orders.