Russia's human right activist says Interior Ministry faces deep problems

Moscow Helsinki Group Chairman Lyudmila Alekseyeva said an incident at the Moscow Khoroshevo-Mnevniki police station in which police officers stabbed an Azeri man indicates deep problems in the Interior Ministry.

Vladimir Markin from the Investigations Committee told Interfax earlier on Wednesday that police officers from the Khoroshevo-Mnevniki police station are suspected of inflicting some eighty stab wounds on an Azeri man, hiding his body in the Moscow region, and leaving in a stolen BMW.

"We will keep the investigation into this incident under control," Alekseyeva said.

"Deep problems remain in the Russian police. It's a national problem. However, the police cannot be reformed so fast. Such reforms will take years. Even if there is an active reform, which I now don't see, we will not achieve fast results. The entire organism is plagued by this disease," Alekseyeva said.

The reform of the Interior Ministry and re-attestation of Interior Ministry officials, which human rights activists have criticized, have caused many professionals to leave the Interior Ministry. "Many people were dismissed and I don't know whom they hired," she said.

Human rights activists earlier said the Interior Ministry reform was decorative and did not make police work more effective.

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