Russia to probe corruption claims

Officer says the police force is preordaining the results of investigations.

    Mayor Dymovsky asked Prime Minister Putin for a face-to-face meeting to discuss the alleged corruption

    Report to Putin

    Valery Gribakin, a police spokesman, said: "A report will be drawn up which Nurgaliyev will present to President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin."  

    In the video, Dymovsky asked Putin for a "face-to-face" meeting to discuss the problems in the police force.

    "Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin], you talk about reducing corruption and that corruption should not simply be a crime but also improper. But this is not the case," he said.

    "I told my boss in Novorossiisk the police are corrupt... He said there's no way to remove corruption, that it's simply the local mentality."

    Russian authorities have admitted that corruption is a problem in the police force.

    "Alexei Dymovsky has said what almost all employees of the police force in Russia think," Mikhail Pashkin, the head of the Russian police officers union, told the Moscow Echo radio.

    But the Novorossiisk police, in an open letter to the city, said that they were "insulted to the depths of the soul" by Dymovsky's comments, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

    Vladimir Grebenyuk, the head of the Novorossiisk force, told Moscow Echo "that there cannot be confirmation of a single fact that he gives".

    SOURCE: Agencies


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