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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Gets New Police Chief


President Dmitry Medvedev appointed a senior investigator from the Interior Ministry as Moscow’s new police chief Monday, filling a post left vacant after a police officer killed three people in a shooting spree in April.

The new police chief, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, 48, is a native of the Penza region and joined the police force in 1982. After graduating from the police academy in 1989, he served in the Moscow police force and rose to the rank of deputy head of the criminal police department for the Central Federal District in 2007. He was later named the police chief for the Oryol region, where criminal investigations opened by him into two former deputy Oryol governors facilitated the smooth departure of long-serving Governor Yegor Stroyev earlier this year, according to local news reports.

In April, three weeks before Medvedev dismissed Moscow police chief Vladimir Pronin, the president appointed Kolokoltsev as the first deputy head of the Interior Ministry’s criminal police department. Medvedev fired Pronin, Moscow’s long-serving police chief and an ally of Mayor Yury Luzhkov, after police Major Denis Yevsyukov went on the rampage in a supermarket April 27. Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev told Itar-Tass on Monday that Pronin had decided to join Moscow City Hall. He did not elaborate.