Sunday, 31 January 2010

Police chief fired over journalist’s death

Tomsk's regional police chief was sacked on orders from President Dmitry Medvedev and a police officer was arrested after a local journalist was beaten to death in a detox center. Amid a nationwide crackdown on police brutality, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev has suggested that alcohol detox centers may now be run by health officials rather than the police.

Konstatin Popov, 47, died Wednesday after spending two weeks in a coma. He was allegedly beaten and sexually abused in a Tomsk drunk tank, where he was taken on January 4 after neighbors complained he was making too much noise

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