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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ustinov Drops Prosecutor Probes

Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov has closed corruption cases against two of his predecessors, a spokesman said Friday, ending what the two former prosecutors called politically motivated investigations.

Leonid Troshin, spokesman for Ustinov, said that he had not been informed why the cases had been closed against Alexei Ilyushenko, who served as prosecutor general from February 1994 until October 1995, and Yury Skuratov, who held the post from October 1995 until February 1999.

Ilyushenko was accused of bribe- taking and jailed in February 1996. He was freed two years later.

Skuratov initiated a corruption investigation into former President Boris Yeltsin's inner circle. He was forced out of office after television broadcast a video of a man who resembled the prosecutor cavorting with two prostitutes.