Medvedev sacks six top police: Kremlin

21st March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has sacked six top interior ministry officials as he presses ahead with his plans to overhaul the country's bloated police, the Kremlin said on Monday.

All the dismissed were senior officials with the rank of major general and included the chief of the transportation department for the volatile North Caucasus region and the chief of an anti-extremism centre. No reason for their dismissal was given.

Medvedev, who says corruption is a major problem eating away at the national police, ordered a 20 percent in staff at the interior ministry in late 2009.

Terror attacks in Russia's North Caucasus show no sign of abating and a suicide bomber from that region killed 37 and injured more than 100 people at the country's busiest airport just outside Moscow earlier this year.

Following the attack Medvedev threatened police with new dismissals, saying transportation officials failed to do their job properly.

© 2011 AFP

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