Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia’s ‘YouTube Policeman’ Dymovsky Arresed and Accused Of Fraud

Posted by Info on 22/01/2010

A Russian police officer who posted a video on the internet alleging the police force in his home town was corrupt has been arrested.

Alexei Dymovsky, who became widely known after speaking out on video-sharing site YouTube in November 09, has been charged with fraud and corruption.
Mr Dymovsky, from southern Russia, had already been fired from his job.He had earlier said the authorities wanted to silence him and get revenge for what he had done.

In the video, he spoke out about corruption and illegal activities within the police force in his home town, saying he could no longer tolerate being told to arrest innocent people to meet monthly targets. He made a direct appeal to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to clean up the law enforcement agencies.

It caused a sensation in a country where challenging the authorities is not only highly unusual, but can also prove to be extremely dangerous.

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