Source Pravda.Ru

Federation Council appoints new Chief Military Prosecutor of Russia

The Federation Council on Wednesday appointed Alexander Savenkov Chief Military Prosecutor of Russia. His candidature was proposed to the Upper House of the Russian Parliament by Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov.

Since January, this year, Alexander Savenkov has occupied the post of First Deputy Chief Military Prosecutor.

According to Vladimir Ustinov, Savenkov's great practical experience will be "a guarantee of his efficient work at the new post." Lieutenant General of Justice Alexander Savenkov has been working in bodies of the military prosecutor's office for more than sixteen years.

He was born on March 29th, 1961 in the town of Livny, the Oryol region. From 1980 he served in the army.

In 1985 he graduated from the military law department of the Military University.

He served in the Trans-Baikal military district (Siberia), worked in the apparatus of the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office. From 1997 he headed military prosecutor's offices in the Volga, Siberian and Moscow military districts.

While addressing a session of the Federation Council, Alexander Savenkov said that the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office of Russia believes it necessary to pass a law that "would fence" the Russian Army and the Navy from losing their federal property.

He explained that, according to the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office, "a serious threat" now exists to the economic component of the military forces' activity. "At the present time there is not quite an acceptable procedure of making bankrupt enterprises of the Defence Ministry," pointed out Alexander Savenkov.

He said that in the past two years the number of the registered crimes in the armed forces had remained on the same level and amounted to only less than one percent of the crimes registered in the whole country. In 2001, the number of these crimes was 22,000, while over the first six months of this year - 8,000.

Another serious problem that faces the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office, according to Alexander Savenkov, is "the lowering level of the officers' professionalism."