Russian riot police blow the whistle


A group of Russian riot police officers told the opposition New Times that they are being forced to make false arrests and that their fellow officers work as bodyguards for gangsters.

"One of us once protected a shwarma place outside a hotel in Moscow's Ismailov district. On Arbat, we guard the office of a Georgian mobster," one officer said. Commanders get their cut.

Officers were forced to arrest innocent people because of orders to make at least three detentions per shift. Otherwise they risked seeing their monthly salaries cut, the report said.

The police officers made their allegations public after they received no reaction to a letter sent to President Dmitry Medvedev. The letter was signed by "about a dozen" OMON officers.

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