Russia Medvedev fires 7 top Russian police officers in ongoing reforms
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has fired seven high-ranking police officers as part of his drive to improve policing in the country, the Kremlin announced on Friday.
The list includes a Moscow deputy police chief and generals in the regional forces of Chelyabinsk, Stavropol and the Urals.
Medvedev promised to clean up the country's police force following a series of high-profile scandals. A package of reforms passed by parliament earlier this year that comes into effect on March 1 requires a 20 percent cut in officer numbers by 2012.
It will also rename the Russian law enforcement agency from the time-honored "militia" to the Western-style "police."
MOSCOW, February 25 (RIA Novosti)
FSB Deputy Chief Fired
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed Federal Security Service (FSB) deputy head Vyacheslav Ushakov over his poor performance, press secretary Natalya Timakova said on Monday.
"The president has signed a decree relieving FSB Deputy Director Col. Gen. Vyasheslav Ushakov of his official duties and discharging him from military service," Timakova said.
She added that the decision was made at the request of FSB head Alexander Bortnikov.
Asked about the reasons for Ushakov's dismissal, she said: "Shortcomings in his work and code of ethics violations."
Ushakov, who joined the service in 1975, was appointed FSB deputy chief in July 2003.
MOSCOW, February 21 (RIA Novosti)
Russia:Reductions in police force not to involve Russia's North Caucasus - Medvedev
Cutting the number of policemen under the police reform in Russia will not affect the Caucasus, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said during a meeting of the National Counterterrorist Committee on Tuesday.
The draft federal law on Russia's police reform will come into effect from March 1, 2011. It includes changing the name of Russian law enforcers from "militsia" to the internationally accepted word "police," and will cut the number of policemen by 20% while increasing salaries to those remaining on board.
According to Medvedev, the number of police officers in the Caucasus will be increased in some cases.
"The protection of judges is effected... But this is only the beginning, the job should continue," the president said.
"Here in the Caucasus our citizens are confronted with terrorism almost daily, [terrorism] also exists in other parts of the country but in the Caucasus it is almost everywhere and terrorist attacks happen quite often," Medvedev said.
Medvedev admitted that radical improvements have not yet occurred. "Terrorist attacks in the past and this year indicate that our country has many problems with security," he said.
Medvedev said there "should be no relaxation and there are no universal recipes" in the fight against terrorism.
VLADIKAVKAZ, February 22 (RIA Novosti)