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MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested finding out first if Prosecutor-General Yuri Chaika is involved in some conflict of interest before making some conclusions.
"It remains to be seen, if they, children of the prosecutor-general, are in breach of the law or not. If the prosecutor-general’s work is somehow involved in a conflict of interest. If he somehow assisted his children," Putin told the year-end major news conference in reply to a question following a probe by the Anti-Corruption Foundation NGO into businesses by some members of the prosecutor-general’s family.
Putin said that there was a special control directorate under the presidential office responsible for such affairs."I would not like to speak about that at this point, but that does not mean that we are not addressing this. Everything will have to be studied closely. Also, all information appearing in the world web should be scrutinized and filtered," Putin said.
The Anti-Corruption Foundation, an NGO founded by oppositional figurehead Alexey Navalny, on December 1 published the results of its findings claiming that one of the prosecutor-general’s sons allegedly owned a hotel in Greece and that his sons had stakes in key affiliates of the Russian railways company RZD.
Chaika has dismissed all charges as groundless and claimed that "the false TV documentary had been ordered by British subject William Browder and secret services behind him."
A Russian court tried Browder in absentia to find him guilty of tax crimes and sentence him to nine years in prison.