MOSCOW (AP) _ A leading police official in a town near Moscow was sentenced to death for killing two drunks who refused to give him bribes, a Communist Party newspaper reported Sunday.

The newspaper Leninskoya Znamya called the incident an extreme case of abuse of power, adding that it should serve as a warning for other corrupt officials.

''This can happen only when there is stagnation and absence of glasnost,'' the newspaper said, referring to Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's program of permitting greater openness and rooting out corruption among both local police and bureaucrats.

The convicted policeman was identified only as Kosolapov, the chief of a detention center for drunks in the town of Elektrougly about 20 miles east of Moscow.

The newspaper said he killed one man in 1985 and another man two years earlier.