Tag Archives: Russian police

Medvedev Cracks Down On Police!

Every so often President Dimitry Medvedev does something progressive that brings hope to the hearts of those who wish to witness development of a genuine Russian democracy. He decided to crack down on the notorious Russian police who are known for their corruption and inefficiency. Hardly a day goes by without a new example of corruption in the Interior Ministry and Medvedev finally had enough. He ordered that the number of personnel at the main Interior Ministry to be halved which means 10,000 are being sent packing, including two deputies of Interior Minister Rashd Nurgallyev. The president sent a message that the old days were over and the people of Russia have a right to a modern efficient, honest police force.

A recent poll revealed that two-thirds of the Russian people have absolutely no trust in their police. President Medvedev told the media initially they have identified at least 15,000 cases in which corruption was present and this is merely the tip of the iceberg. Let’s hope this is one iceberg that melts mighty quick.

Investigative Journalist Banned From Russia By Putin

The recent elections in Russia were marked by widespread evidence that opposition parties were denied access to the media while those supporting President Putin such as United Russia had plenty of money and exposure on state television. Nataylya Morar, who is from Moldavia, was told at the airport that “You are banned from entering Russia” on orders of the Federal Security Service. Ms. Morar published an article in The New Times of Moscow, entitled, “The Black Till at the Kremlin” which charges President Putin had access to a secret slush fund in order to provide money to his favored political allies. This money was used to ensure victory for his United Russia party in recent elections. She is now one of over two dozen journalists who have been banned from Russia for writing the wrong type of stories. The Russian Journalist Union denounced the expulsion: “It is double standards and a classic political punishment when a person who lives in Moscow, writes for a Moscow publication and is a professional journalist is expelled from Russia on the basis of some unclear order from Lubyanskaya.”

This expulsion is merely one more example of a modern Russian tragedy– Putin’s fear of discordant views. Vladmir Putin is undoubtedly the favorite politician of a majority of Russian voters. He can readily win any election, but he has an inordinate dread of allowing those who oppose him to have free access to the media or to engage in a fair election with him. This fear most probably traces back to his training as a member of the Soviet secret police–the KGB– when any opposition was met with violence. When will he learn that fair elections benefit him?

Putin Police Goons Break Up Democratic Protest In Moscow

Riot police broke up a march against President Vladmir Putin and arrested chess legend Garry Kasparov and several other opposition leaders. The marchers were peaceful and solely intent on presenting a petition questioning the adherence to democratic principles by authorities in the upcoming election when police armed with truncheons moved in on the marchers. The protest group had just come from an authorized meeting and simply wanted to present a petition. Kaspartov commented: “Once more they have demonstrated that the only language they can use with their own people is the language of violence, truncheons, and riot police.” He was then immediately surrounded by police and hustled into a police van.

The attack on Kasparov is simply another in a series of actions against anyone or dares oppose the rule of Putin. Although, opposition to Putin is weak and fragmented, the president appears obsessed with eliminating any semblance of opposition to this rule. In a sense, Putin is living up to his education and training in the KGB.