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Senior Traffic Cop Suspected of Taking $17,000 Bribe

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Senior Traffic Cop Suspected of Taking $17,000 Bribe     - Sputnik International
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The head of Central Russia’s Ryazan Region traffic police department is suspected of receiving a bribe of 500,000 rubles ($17,000), the Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Tuesday.

The head of Central Russia’s Ryazan Region traffic police department is suspected of receiving a bribe of 500,000 rubles ($17,000), the Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Tuesday.

 

Alexander Alfosov was detained in his office while receiving a suspected bribe from his subordinate, who was acting as go-between.

 

"It was established that the heads of the regional traffic police department ordered their subordinates to take money for issuing car license plates with so-called 'round numbers' and driving licenses,” Markin said. “The money was subsequently handed over to Alfosov, who headed the Ryazan Region’s traffic police department.”

 

If found guilty, Alfosov faces a maximum prison sentence of 12 years and a fine of six times the bribe taken, or $103,000.

 

"A search in the premises revealed large sums of money and other evidence,” Markin said, adding that the official’s involvement into other suspected bribe-taking incidents will be probed.

 

A Kremlin report stated in late March that corruption in Russia is most deeply-rooted within the traffic police, kindergartens and higher education institutions. About half of people surveyed who had dealings with traffic police (52 percent) had been asked for a bribe.

 

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