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The European Court of Human Rights in France has agreed to hear a case filed by a whistle-blowing policeman in Russia, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Aleksei Mumolin was fired from the Tolyatti city police force a year ago, shortly after he put a video online addressed to Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev. In the video, Mumolin described the Tolyatti police force as being corrupt.

Mumolin told RFE/RL that being fired for putting a video on the Internet was against international conventions on human rights.

He added that all his complaints regarding his sacking for his critical stance about the police in Tolyatti have been rejected by courts in Tolyatti and Samara Oblast.

Mumolin said that is the reason he took his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

He said that in order for ordinary Russians to trust the police, the law enforcement system has to change.

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ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- The Kazakh Coalition of NGOs Against Torture has called for an investigation into the death of a prisoner in northern Kazakhstan, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Kanat Mukhambetkaliev, 23, was brought to the maximum-security Kushmurun prison in Qostanai Oblast on September 28 and died at a hospital on October 6. An official autopsy cited kidney failure as the cause of death.

Vadim Kuramshin, who monitors human rights in Kazakh penal facilities, told RFE/RL that there were numerous bruises on Mukhambetkaliev's body that might have been caused by beating.

The Coalition of NGOs Against Torture said it has copies of the autopsy documents. It said it wants to participate in the investigation it has called for.

Earlier this month, former Kushmurun prison Director Aleksandr Sadovsky and two of his former associates were found guilty of taking bribes and sentenced to prison terms.

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