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Interior Minister Says 2,000 Cops Corrupt

November 16, 1995

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russia’s top policeman said Thursday that some 2,000 police officers nationwide are awaiting trial on charges of corruption or abusing office.

Interior Minister Anatoly Kulikov told the Interfax news agency an operation was underway to purge police departments of crooked cops. He said a number of officers have already been dismissed.

Deputy police chief Boris Kondrashov said in October that in Moscow alone, some 960 officers were dismissed this year for misconduct.

Low salaries make police vulnerable to temptation, particularly in large cities where crime is rampant and gangs often bribe authorities to get their way. Many officers reportedly work in cahoots with organized crime.

In one of the boldest examples of corruption, an entire Moscow precinct near the Kremlin was suspended last spring after it was discovered that officers were running a prostitution ring, even driving hookers to jobs.

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