Russia may see sweeping reshuffle in the upper echelons of power

Major reshuffling is likely to occur in the upper echelons of power in Russia after President Vladimir Putin turns 60 in October and some of the top officials will leave their posts, while others will strengthen their positions, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes.

"The reshuffling is likely to be capped by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak's occupying the seat of prosecutor general," the newspaper writes, citing its own sources.

"After Medvedev became prime minister Prosecutor General Yury Chaika's positions lost strength. Previously, he would consult with the former president and Medvedev would reconcile him with Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin, as was over the casino scandal in the Moscow region," a source said.

Another source in the State Duma explains Chaika's likely departure from his post by the Kremlin's disappointment with how the fight against corruption is proceeding. "Corruption continues expanding, while the prosecutor's office has not been effective enough," he said.

The Prosecutor General's Office could also be filled by the Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov, a source told the newspaper.

The president's likely reshuffling plans will probably have to do not only with Chaika alone, but with the entire team, he said.

Reshuffling will not be limited to dismissals alone, the newspaper writes.

"The apparatus weight is likely to swing in favor of some figures, primarily First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov," the newspaper writes.

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