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Medvedev Sacks Six Senior Russian Officers After Lie-Detector Tests

Russia's police force

Russia's police force

The Kremlin announced today that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has fired six high-ranking officers at the Interior Ministry shortly after the start of lie-detector tests being administered to police.

Among those sacked were a major general responsible for the fight against extremism and the head of transport for the conflict-ridden North Caucasus region.

The Kremlin did not announce the reasons for terminating the officers' employment.

Medvedev has mandated lie-detector tests as part of a controversial new police law.

So far, some 170 senior officials have undergone the tests. Human rights activists and Kremlin opponents have criticized the lie detector law as an image campaign that protects the "police state Russia" rather than its citizens.

compiled from news agency reports