Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia To Prosecute Dymovsky – Its Only Honest Cop!

Posted by Info on 29/12/2009

Former police major Alexei Dymovsky who accused senior officers of corruption in a series of video blogs will himself face prosecution for abuse of office. He used YouTube to appeal to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to tackle corruption in the police force.
Corruption is endemic in Russian society and global surveys have repeatedly ranked the former Soviet state as one of the most corrupt in the world.

A criminal case will be brought against Dymovsky for “fraud committed by a person using his official position”, the Prosecutor-General’s investigative committee said in a statement. It gave no further details.

Dymovsky, who worked for the police force in the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, appealed to Putin to rein in senior officers whom he accused of pressuring subordinates to charge innocent people to meet statistical targets. He was fired after making the appeal, which received more than one million hits on YouTube.

“The main thing is that the people of Russia have seen the light. Others will follow me,. You can’t jail the whole of Russia, it’s not 1937 anymore,” Dymovsky said in a reference to purges under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

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