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South Russian police officer fired after posting corruption video

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A police officer from the southern Russian city of Novorossiisk has been fired after posting a video on the web accusing his chiefs of corruption, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Sunday

MOSCOW, November 8 (RIA Novosti) - A police officer from the southern Russian city of Novorossiisk has been fired after posting a video on the web accusing his chiefs of corruption, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Sunday.

A video showing a police major who said his name was Alexei Dymovsky from the city of Novorossiisk in the Krasnodar Territory was recently posted on Youtube. Dymovsky addressed his speech to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

The video showed Dymovsky saying department chiefs forced officers to solve nonexistent crimes to improve statistics and lamenting that staff had no days off or sick leaves, as well as saying young people came to work to police on a 12,000 ruble monthly wage ($413) because they knew they would have "tributes."

"On an instruction from Russian Interior Minister, Army General Rashid Nurgaliyev, officers from interested Krasnodar Territory police units carried out, for two days, a check of claims outlined by Dymovsky. The check has not confirmed the claims. Besides, it turned out that Dymovsky defames his colleagues," Interior Ministry spokesman Police Maj. Gen. Valery Gribakin said.

"The results of the check were reported to Krasnodar Territory police chief, Police Lt. Gen. Sergei Kucheruk. Kucheruk... decided to dismiss Dymovsky," Gribakin said.

He also said a Russian Interior Ministry commission comprising "officials from the personnel department, internal affairs division and other interested units" will start on Monday a general internal check of the Novorossiisk police department.

Gribakin said a report would be drafted following the check, and that Nurgaliyev would present it to President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Maj. Dymovsky has worked in the police department since 2004 and has in his work dealt with illicit drug-related crimes.

The Novorossiisk police department said the major has not appeared at work since August as he has been on a sick leave. The department also said it believes Dymovsky should have discussed the problems inside of his unit instead of "bringing them to the web and tarnishing the image of Novorossiisk police."

"We disagree with his statement that police officers put up with a lack of free time... and small wages only because they are frightened by their chiefs. We knew where we went and realize our work is inevitably connected with great difficulties," the Novorossiisk police department said in a statement.

Dymovsky earlier said on Moscow-based Ekho Moskvy radio that his colleagues support him in private conversations. He also said he was being pressured and had to hire a bodyguard to ensure the security for himself and his family.

President Medvedev has highlighted corruption as one of the key reasons for the country's problems. In May, Medvedev said corruption in Russia needs to be made "improper" and public opinion should contribute to this way of thinking.

Shortly after taking office in May 2008, Medvedev signed a decree to set up a presidential anti-corruption council and approved a plan to deal with the problem in July 2008, proposing that special units be created in every branch of government.


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