YouTube Police Whistleblower Faces Prosecution

Reuters’ Moscow bureau reports, “A former policeman who accused senior officers of corruption in a series of video blogs will himself face prosecution for abuse of office, Russian investigators said on Monday”:


Former police major Alexei Dymovsky became a household name in Russia earlier this year when he used YouTube to appeal to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to tackle corruption in the police force.

A criminal case would be brought against Dymovsky for “fraud committed by a person using his official position,” according to a statement from Prosecutor-General’s investigative committee. It gave no further details.

Dymovsky, who worked for the police force in the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, appealed to Putin to rein in senior officers whom he accused of pressuring subordinates to charge innocent people to meet statistical targets.

“I want to show you from the inside the life of cops across Russia … the ignorance, the boorishness, the recklessness, where officers die because of their dim-witted bosses,” Dymovsky said in the video.

The clip received more than one million hits on YouTube.

He was fired after making the appeal. Regional police also conducted their own investigation after the videos were released, which they said did not back up Dymovsky’s allegations.

Corruption is endemic in Russian society and global surveys have repeatedly ranked the former Soviet state as one of the most corrupt in the world.


In sharp contradistinction, America is a nation that cheered as the story of New York cop Frank Serpico was turned into a blockbuster movie starring Al Pacino, and saw Time magazine declare “The Whistleblowers” as “Persons of the Year” in 2002. So we know someone who used YouTube to expose government corruption would never risk facing charges here


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