Magazine article Russian Life

An Activist Is Born: Internet Whistleblower Crusades for Police Reform

Magazine article Russian Life

An Activist Is Born: Internet Whistleblower Crusades for Police Reform

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The RuNet produced an unlikely hero from the ranks of Russia's militia when a Novorossiysk major aired a series of public addresses to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on YouTube.com. Speaking directly to the camera while dressed in his uniform, the police officer, Alexei Dymovsky, complained about bad working conditions and the atrocious state of the police system in the country. "Maybe you don't know about us, about simple cops, who live and work and love their work. I'm ready to tell you everything. I'm not scared of my own death," Dymovsky said, confessing he had been ordered to arrest random people just to close cases.

The 32-year-old officer and 10-year veteran of the force (monthly salary, R14,000 or $480), was subsequently fired, with the Interior Ministry alleging that he was undermining stability and was funded by the U.S. government through a local human rights group. For his part, Dymovsky likened his coming out to an act of "suicide." In one video he admitted, "I'm a little scared to speak in front of you and the whole country. …

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