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Russian Cop Turns YouTube on Corruption

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 28 2010

Russia is being roiled by a police officer's video-taped testimony exposing alleged corruption and other police abuses, posted on YouTube, reports the New York Times' Clifford Levy:

One day last fall, a police officer here put on his uniform and sat on a drab tan couch before a video camera. In a halting monotone, he recorded two video appeals to Vladimir V. Putin, 13 minutes in all.

He was a nobody cop from a nowhere city, but his words would startle this country.

“How can a police officer accept bribes?” the officer asked. “Do you understand where our society is heading?

“You talk about reducing corruption,” he said. “You say that it should not be just a crime, that it should be immoral. But it is not like that. I told my boss that the police are corrupt. And he told me that it cannot be done away with.

“I am not afraid of quitting. I will tell you my name. I am Dymovsky, Aleksei Aleksandrovich.”

The videos were uploaded to YouTube in November, and a nation that has grown increasingly infuriated by police wrongdoing could not take its eyes off them.

Starting straight into the camera, Dymovsky implores his country's elders to step up and object to the current trajectory of the country. "Senior policemen, where are you?," asks the officer from Novorossiysk. "You are retired, nothing is holding you. Rise your heads and help raise young policemen." Dymovsky has since been fired from the police force.