A Russian police officer who posted online video messages urging a nationwide crackdown on police corruption will be released from custody within hours, investigators said on Sunday.
Police Major Alexei Dymovsky from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk in Russia's southern Krasnodar Territory hit the headlines across Russia last September after he went online to accuse his bosses and colleagues of corruption. He also appealed to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to take action. The recording was also posted on YouTube.com with English subtitles.
Dymovsky has been under arrest since January 22. He has been charged with fraud and abuse of office, which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
The prosecutors said Dymovsky's arrest will now be replaced by his written pledge not to leave town as there was no longer need for his custody.
In his online appeal, Dymovsky said department chiefs forced officers to solve nonexistent crimes and even "jail innocent people" to artificially improve crime figures. He complained that ordinary staff were treated "like cattle," had no days off or sick leave, and said young people joined the police on a 12,000 rubles monthly wage ($413) because they knew they would be able to survive on bribes.
Shortly after posting his claims, Dymovsky was fired for "libel and action that tarnishes the police force."
Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev, who vowed last August to eradicate corruption in his ministry, ordered a federal probe into Dymovsky's claims.
This and other scandals prompted President Dmitry Medvedev in December to order the wholesale reform of the Interior Ministry, trimming police numbers and raising salaries in an effort to reduce corruption.
KRASNODAR, March 7 (RIA Novosti)