Russian cop decries graft in the force

MOSCOW - A senior Russian police officer has caused a major stir by issuing a scathing denunciation of corruption in the police force and demanding a meeting with Vladimir Putin, media reported yesterday.

MOSCOW - A senior Russian police officer has caused a major stir by issuing a scathing denunciation of corruption in the police force and demanding a meeting with Vladimir Putin, media reported yesterday.

In a highly unusual move for a member of the security forces Alexei Dymovsky accused his superiors in the southern Russian city of Novorissiisk of treating officers "like cattle" and preordaining the results of probes.

"I am tired of being made to uncover crimes that do not exist. I am tired of being told that these are the people who we need go to jail," Dymovsky said in an Internet video.

Dressed in his police uniform, Dymovsky also asked Putin for a meeting "face to face" to discuss the problems in the police force.

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

He also issued a litany of complaints about the conditions of work, asking how it was possible to perform such a job with a pay of just US$500 (about R4000) each month. - Sapa-AFP

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