Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia Has Mentally Unstable Policemen = 30% Are Alcoholics Or Psychopaths

Posted by Info on 22/01/2010

1) In April a drunken Moscow precinct chief killed two people and injured seven during a supermarket shooting spree. He claims to have been under stress following an argument with his wife.

2)In November, three off-duty police officers were arrested in connection with a beating death in Moscow. One has been charged with murder, the others for not stopping their colleague. All were reported drunk.

3) Last week, a police colonel was arrested in the capital for allegedly shooting a snow plough driver who had accidentally hit his car last month. The officer claims he was under pressure because his pregnant wife was in the car and he was concerned about damage to his vehicle.

4) Last Wednesday, 26-year-old officer Alexei Mitayev was charged in the beating death of a journalist at a police detoxification center in the city of Tomsk. He was taken there after neighbors complained of loud music in his apartment, where he had been drinking. Allegedly he was sodomized in police custody with a broomstick or shovel.
The investigating prosecutor in Tomsk, Andrei Gusev, says the incident is the result of prolonged psychic trauma and explains that all of officer’s problems and stresses were tied to domestic issues.

But veteran Russian criminal psychiatrist Mikhail Vinogradov told VOA that 30 percent of the country’s police officers are either alcoholics or psychopaths who get their jobs through corrupt connections.
Vinogradov says the majority of Russian police officers are honest and hard working individuals. But Russia has about 30 percent more police than it needs and could improve law enforcement by getting rid of those he claims are unstable.

Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev says psychiatric exams are now mandatory for management positions.

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