CORRUPT OFFICIALS RELEASE CRIMINAL KINGPINS.

December 22, 1995
Copyright 1995, Open Media Research Institute

Since the beginning of 1995, 25 crime bosses (vory v zakone) have been held in pre-trail detention centers in Moscow, eight of whom have been released on bail, Segodnya and Komsomolskaya pravda reported on 21 December. Vladislav Selivanov, the deputy head of the Interior Ministry's Organized Crime Department in Moscow, said the immunity of criminal leaders is due to the "extremely high degree of corruption of the authorities." Police say about half the earnings of criminal groups is used to bribe state officials, judges, and journalists.
-- Penny Morvant


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