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Russian Police Search Apartments Of Whistleblower's Wife, Brother

Former police major Aleksei Dymovsky speaks on the phone while President Vladimir Putin appears on television.
NOVOROSSIISK, Russia -- Police in the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk have searched the apartments of relatives of Aleksei Dymovsky, the Russian policeman who accused police officials of corruption last year, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Vadim Karastelev, an expert at the Novorossiisk Committee for Human Rights who represents Dymovsky, told RFE/RL that police searched the apartments of Dymovsky's common-law wife and his brother.

Karastelev said police confiscated a mobile phone and a flash card from Dymovsky's brother.

Dymovsky made his accusations against Novorossiisk police on videos posted on YouTube in early November. He went to Moscow on November 10 and held a press conference during which he claimed to have taped 150 hours of incriminating conversations with his superiors discussing false arrests, placing drugs on innocent suspects, and bribe-taking.

He was then fired and is currently in custody facing charges of fraud.