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Four Russian Policemen In 'Cover-Up' Probe


Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika who initiated the investigation into allegations of police corruption.

Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika who initiated the investigation into allegations of police corruption.

GUS-KHRUSTALNY, Russia -- Four policemen in a town east of Moscow are under investigation for allegedly covering up crimes, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The Prosecutor-General's Investigative Committee said today it has opened criminal cases against the four in Gus-Khrustalny in Vladimir Oblast, about 200 kilometers east of Moscow.

The Prosecutor-General's office said that the four policemen are suspected of intentionally obstructing the investigation of numerous crimes, including assaults on local businessmen and arson attacks.

The investigations were launched following a special probe initiated by Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika, who received letters from Gus-Khrustalny residents complaining that local police ignore many crimes. Also as a result of that probe, investigations into 11 closed criminal cases regarding financial crimes and illegal drug trafficking have been re-opened.

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