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Russia’s police are out of control

By Tomas Hirst  

A police officer in Nizhnevartovsk, central Russia

This week’s Economist includes an interesting piece on the corruption and brutality of the Russian police and the increasing media attention it is garnering in the Russian press. The country’s police force has long been lamented by Russians who see it at best as the brutal enforcement arm of government, and at worst as a criminal organisation run to skim the profits from Russia’s economic revival. My own experience has…

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