Support The Moscow Times!

Medvedev Fires 10 Additional Police Generals

President Dmitry Medvedev proceeded with the overhaul of the Interior Ministry, sacking 10 police generals and reappointing 22 others, the Kremlin reported on its web site Tuesday.

Six of the fired officers were heads of the ministry's higher education institutions nationwide, and three others served in its audit and inspection departments.

The Kremlin did not give any explanations for the changes, but a ministry representative told The Moscow Times that the educators were dismissed due to reorganization of the police college system, while the other four had reached the mandatory retirement age.

Among the 22 generals reappointed Tuesday were heads of police departments in 10 regions, including the Vladimir, Chelyabinsk, Magadan, Omsk and Novgorod regions and the Jewish autonomous region, as well as police chiefs of the Southern, Volga and Siberian federal districts.

A police reform, introduced by Medvedev, has been ongoing since March. The reform, intended to improve the notoriously corrupt and inefficient agency, includes plans to trim by June some 200,000 officers from the force, which currently stands at 1.2 million.

Staff cuts will be done based on re-evaluation tests for all officers, including top brass, with the number of police generals set to go down from 427 to 340.

Medvedev said last month that a commission evaluating senior police officers has proposed retaining 145 of the 179 officers examined so far. He named no names at the time, but fired 22 and reappointed 19 more police generals over the weekend.

… we have a small favor to ask.

As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just 2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.


Read more