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Life for Moscow's murderous police chief

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Life for Moscow's murderous police chief


A high-ranking Russian policeman has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting dead two people in a supermarket.

Major Denis Yevsyukov was also convicted of 22 counts of attempted murder.

The shooting in Moscow, which was captured on CCTV, came after Yevsyukov had had a violent row with his wife and father-in-law following his 32nd birthday party last April.

Police violence and corruption scandals continue to undermine public trust and President Dmitry Medvedev has made reform of the service a priority.
He announced details of his plans on Thursday.

They include cutting Interior Ministry staff by 20 per cent by 2012.

The Interior Minister has been given one month to draft a plan to improve discipline and tackle corruption. Officials are also looking at how to change the way the ministry is financed.

The reform plans will be a stern test of the Kremlin’s mettle as previous attempts to trim Russia’s bloated and expensive bureaucracy have ended in failure.

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