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European Rights Court Agrees To Hear Russian Policeman's Case

Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev
Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev
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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