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Over 500 members of Russia's legislative bodies come under prosecution in 2009 - agency

MOSCOW. Nov 23 (Interfax) - Criminal proceedings have been launched
this year against 842 people enjoying special legal status, such as
lawmakers, judges, lawyers and criminal justice officials, said the
chief investigation arm of Russia's prosecution service.

The number includes 15 members of regional legislatures, more than
500 members and heads of lower-level local elected government bodies, 19
judges, 33 prosecutors and 86 lawyers, Alexander Bastrykin, head of the
Prosecution Service Investigation Committee (SKP) said at a meeting of
the Committee on Legal and Judicial Affairs of the Federation Council,
the upper house of parliament.

The SKP fully investigated more than 12,000 cases of corruption
from January to October, he said.

Bastrykin said the SKP's chief department investigates particularly
complicated cases and has finished probing the cases of 188 people,
which "represent estimated potential damages of 900 billion rubles."

He also said 25 criminal investigators had come under prosecution
and about 900 had been given disciplinary penalties since the SKP was
set up a little more than two years ago.




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