Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Ordinary Russians Arm Themselves For Protection – Fighting Police Violence

Posted by Info on 31/01/2010

There are some five million gun owners in Russia with nearly half a million in Moscow alone and that number is rising.
One of the reasons behind the increase is the police. Corruption, poor crime detection and, especially, a spate of recent crimes involving police officers have heavily damaged public trust in law enforcement.

Under Russian law, ordinary citizens can obtain permits to own two types of weapons: those for hunting – including shotguns and rifles – and guns firing rubber bullets for personal protection only.

Alla Glinchikova, from the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements, says that expanding gun ownership threatens to legitimize criminality and spread violence.
[Gun ownership] will not solve the problem of protection against police. The problem should be solved by curing the ill of the state, and police are part of the state.”

While Tim Wall, editor in chief of the Moscow News, says community involvement should be an integral part of fighting police violence.

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