YouTube Policeman Arrested

Alexei Dymovsky, the former police major who was fired after his videos against corruption appeared on YouTube, was arrested in his hometown of Novorossiisk on Friday. A local court sanctioned the arrest on the grounds that Dymovsky had put pressure on an investigator, local human rights campaigner Vadim Karastelyov said. Dymovsky was dismissed from the police force after posting two online addresses last November in which he complained to Prime Minister Putin about rampant corruption in the police force. Last week, he was charged with fraud and abuse of office, and he faces up to six years in prison if convicted. In an audio recording taped just before Friday’s hearing, Dymovsky accused investigators of fabricating the reason for his arrest. In the message, posted on his web site,, he explained that investigators unexpectedly told him Thursday that he should appear for a court hearing that would consider his arrest the next day


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