An inappropriate toilet break may be the biggest disgrace for the national police since its reform began in March — but the senior police officer caught in the act on video is seeking an honorable discharge.
Police Colonel Andrei Isakov has became a celebrity at the cost of his reputation when surveillance camera footage surfaced on YouTube that shows him relieving himself on what appears to be the door of his own office.
Isakov, who works in the Leningrad region town of Lomonosov, is wearing nothing but socks and underpants in the video, which is set to a soundtrack of old Soviet movie tunes. His subordinates confirmed that he was drunk at the time, regional police said in an online statement Thursday.
The incident apparently took place during work hours, because the video goes on to show officers and precinct visitors carefully stepping around the puddle.
Isakov has asked to be dismissed as part of personnel cuts connected with the ongoing police reform, which would entitle him to collect layoff pay and seek reemployment in the police force in the future, the statement said. But regional police have requested instead for Isakov to be fired for misconduct, which would carry no benefits.