Putin fires top prosecutor, who had warned of corruption cases

THE BALTIMORE SUN

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir V. Putin has dismissed Russia's chief prosecutor, who promised last week to disclose "high-profile criminal cases" involving corruption, officials said yesterday.

The dismissal of Vladimir V. Ustinov, ordered Thursday and approved by legislators yesterday, was unexpected and was largely unexplained. It prompted a flurry of speculation about Putin's motives. Officials in or close to the Kremlin hinted at a larger government shake-up to come.

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