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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Investigation Agency Backed

Prosecutor General Yury Chaika backs the creation of a single investigative commission that would take over responsibilities now handled by multiple agencies, Interfax reported.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Chaika said the new commission would handle cases distributed among the Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service and the Prosecutor General's Office.

But he added that the Prosecutor General's Office should retain the power to investigate "selected" high-profile crimes.

It was reported that the new commission would dramatically reduce prosecutors' investigative workload --from three to four cases per month to three to four cases per year.

Chaika also announced Tuesday that authorities had arrested 27 suspected members of the so-called Tambov gang in St. Petersburg. He added that 44 people would soon be charged.

The gang is considered to be the city's most notorious. Gang members had been trying to gain control of 40 local enterprises, Chaika said.

He added that federal prosecutors had taken over the case because local authorities "have been investigating nothing" that might actually lead to any arrests.