Alexander Ivanovich Bastrykin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ива́нович Бастры́кин, born August 27, 1953 in Pskov) is a Russian official, Former First Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia, and former Chairman of The Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor General's Office. Since January 21, 2011, he is the Head of The Investigative Committee of Russia.
In 2007, President Vladimir Putin established the Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor General's Office, de facto independent from the Prosecutor General's Office, and Bastrykin became its first chairman. The appointment was reportedly instigated by Igor Sechin, wishing to retain his influence after the dismissal of his close ally Vladimir Ustinov from the position of prosecutor general in 2006.
2009 Nevsky Express bombing
On November 28, 2009, as head of the Investigative Committee at the scene of the 2009 Nevsky Express bombing, Bastrykin was injured by a second bomb and was hospitalised. The second bomb was reportedly targeted at investigators, and was detonated by mobile phone.
Threatening the life of a journalist
Bastrykin holds a doctor of law degree, and has published more than 100 scholarly works in Russia. In 2007 Bastrykin was publicly accused of plagiarism, because parts of his then new book "Signs of the Hand. Dactyloscopy" (2004) had been rewritten from the famous book of German writer Jürgen Thorwald. In 2013 these accusations were confirmed and supplemented by Dissernet community and its founder Sergei Parkhomenko: it was found that Bastrykin's book also contains an entire chapter from the book by Anthony Summers "The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover" (in Russian translation “The FBI Empire – Myths, Secrets, Intrigues”).
Secret residence permit and real estate in the Czech Republic
On 26 July 2012 Russian blogger and anticorruption activist Alexey Navalny published documents indicating that Bastrykin had a residence permit and owned real estate in the Czech Republic. Mr. Navalny wrote that the real estate holding and residence permit in a country belonging to NATO, a military alliance opposed to Russia, should raise questions about Mr. Bastrykin’s security clearance for work in law enforcement and access to state secrets.
Honours and award
- Order For Merit to the Fatherland 4th class
- Medal "In Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of Saint Petersburg"
- Medal of Anatoly Koni (Justice Ministry)
- Medal in Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Justice Ministry of Russia
- Medals "For Diligence" 1st and 2nd classes (Justice Ministry)
- Honorary Title of Honoured Jurist of the Russian Federation
- Abdullaev, Nabi (2009-12-02). "2nd Train Blast Injured Bastrykn". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
- "Russia's top detective hurt in train bombing". ABC News. AFP. 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
- Председателю Следственного комитета при прокуратуре Российской Федерации генерал-полковнику юстиции А.И. Бастрыкину — о незаконченных делах, Dmitry Muratov, Novaya Gazeta, June 13, 2012
- Бастрыкин извинился за эмоциональный срыв, Lenta.ru, June 14, 2012
- Чисников В.Н. Рецензия на книгу А.И. Бастрыкин "Знаки руки. Дактилоскопия" – СПб.: Ореол, 2004 – 307 с. // Ученые записки Таврического национального университета им. В. И. Вернадского Серия «Юридические науки». Том 20 (59), № 2. 2007 г. С. 322-326. http://www.iuaj.net/node/746
- Published results of the expertise of Alexander Bastrykin’s monograph on Dissernet server
- Heckling Russia’s J. Edgar Hoover // The New Yorker
- In Russia, Aleksei Navalny Accuses Aleksandr Bastrykin of Secret European Holdings // NYTimes.com July 26, 2012