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. Read in Russian here.