Russia creates 'police crimes' unit

2012-04-18 16:01

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday created a special unit to investigate crimes committed by the country's vast but corruption-laden police force.

The powerful Investigative Committee's decision to form the unit follows a spate of reports of police torture in the country's prisons and a new focus on the problem in Russia's Kremlin-controlled media.

"The need to create such a special unit is based on objective reasons," the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

It said investigators currently looking into police crimes run into "certain difficulties" because officers and their bosses often use their professional skills "to mislead the investigation and avoid criminal responsibility".

Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev was forced to report to parliament last week about a spike in reported police violence and other abuses.

The recent death in custody of a petty crime suspect after being raped by officers with a champagne bottle has focussed attention on the problem which has dogged Russia for years.

Investigators said they have received 65 complaints against the same police precinct in the central Russian region of Tatarstan since the case initially came to light last month.

Russia's outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev had made police reforms one of the planks of his four years in power.

But he was recently forced to admit that his campaign to improve the police force may take years.

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-04-18 16:10

    Sounds like the SAPS... We also need police to police the police!

  • Tumelo - 2012-04-18 16:54

    We need that too!

  • Fred - 2012-04-18 17:36

    Start at the top with the mafia-like arms dealers Putin and Lavrov.

  • Lenzi - 2012-04-18 18:51

    Fantastic.. I'm happy for the Russians. Putin is a strong leader of action who does not bow down to the tyranny of the US.. After so many years of Bolshevik plundering and terrorism Russia is finally breaking free and regaining their country.. I am also happy to see strong signs of a German-Russian alliance.

      Fred - 2012-04-18 20:07

      This is consistent with your faulty world view. Russia has only recently come out of Communism and unfortunately is now governed by the neo-Soviet Putin who thinks little about slanting the election process in his favor, supporting the murdering dictator Bashar Assad, and profiting from the sale of arms to him. Nice one Lenzi. Way to support positive human evolution.

      Lenzi - 2012-04-18 20:40

      Fred you ignore the fact that the US is the biggest arms dealer in the world! and they supply weapons to the "unelected" dictators of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia but I suppose in your eyes they are kings and princes.

      Fred - 2012-04-18 22:27

      They certainly are not. But they have been the more benign out of the leaderships in the Middle East, which have all been autocratic and chauvinistic ... until now. Hallelujah. The freer world will have something more normal to work with. Russia is the third-largest arms dealer. It is selling arms for profit to Bashar Assad, who is destroying a whole country and tens of thousands of lives and families. AND YOU SUPPORT THIS. Talk about being hypocritical and dumb.

      Lenzi - 2012-04-18 23:06

      Are too.. And i know u R but what am i?

      Fred - 2012-04-19 02:15

      I didn't mean that Lenzi. I suggest you re-read my post.

      Sterling - 2012-04-23 21:00

      In Russia today there are professional killers that will kill for a price and this article has nothing to do with Russia and US relationship. You forgot that it was the US that airlifted massive aid to Russia during ww2 to stop them from starving. The Russians are letting the US use their bases to fight the Taliban. The Russians were using horses and wagon during WW2 for transportation of their supply, the US gave them fifty thousandth trucks. The Russians is sitting on a lot of land that she took from China and China wants it back. This article is about crime families are taking over Russia and people in the government are being gunned down on the streets.

  • Lenzi - 2012-04-18 20:45

    oh yes and lets not forget the free billion a year to the mubarak regime

      Fred - 2012-04-18 22:28

      Ditto the above

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