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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

St. Petersburg Gets New Top Cop

A former senior criminal police investigator was nominated by President Dmitry Medvedev Thursday to become the new chief of the St. Petersburg police.

Konstantin Vlasov, who previously ran the local police's criminal division, will now oversee the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region police, read the decree, which was published on the president's website.

Vlasov, 52, a career police colonel, has been described in media reports as a protege of Sergei Umnov, the acting St. Petersburg police chief.

Umnov took charge after the previous St. Petersburg chief Mikhail Sukhodolsky — a former deputy interior minister — was fired in February amid a scandal surrounding the death of a teen while in police custody.

Under Russian law, the president oversees all appointments of regional police ministers and they directly report to him.