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.