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Russian anti-corruption blog causes stir

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Russian anti-corruption blog causes stir


An ex-Russian policeman who has accused fellow officers of being corrupt says he wants to personally discuss the issue with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Alexei Dymovsky was fired after posting two videos on the internet site YouTube. The clips have received more than a million hits and large-scale media coverage. Earlier, Dymovsky said: ‘‘I expect some sort of reaction from Vladimir Putin. The public supports me, so I expect some changes in the infrastructure and in the system itself.’‘ The ex-cop says senior officers pressured lower ranks to charge innocent people to meet targets. Backing the claim, a union official said: ‘‘They are forced to carry out the plan on ordinary people, no matter what, and this cannot just be called corruption — it is a crime.’‘ An inquiry into the allegations, which Dymovsky’s colleagues deny, has been launched. But human rights groups claim Russian police routinely use trumped-up charges, abuse, blackmail and even torture.

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