Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia to Crack Down on Police Corruption

Posted by Info on 27/12/2009

President Dmitri A. Medvedev: “People want members of the police who are morally impeccable to defend them, even more so in a legal sense. They want to trust them. I am confident that we can create such a structure.”

The reputation of the police has been severely tainted in recent months after officers were accused in high-profile crimes involving both violence and corruption. In April, the chief of a Moscow police precinct went on a rampage in a supermarket, killing two people and wounding seven others, officials said. Also Russians have become exasperated by police officers who cite trumped-up infractions and then demand bribes to overlook them.

Mr. Medvedev, a former law professor, has portrayed himself as a modernizer who will tackle what he has termed Russia’s legal nihilism. Since taking office in May 2008, he has proposed many anti-corruption measures, though analysts say little has changed.

Mr. Medvedev has also moved to revamp the leadership of the prison system. This month, he dismissed numerous administrators in response to the death of a lawyer in pretrial detention.

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