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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Powers Of Militia To Increase

President Boris Yeltsin is expected to sign a decree expanding police powers to allow Moscow's crackdown on crime to continue after the city's state of emergency has been lifted, according to Colonel General Alexander Kulikov, the head of the emergency regime.


Kulikov, who was named the city's commandant when Yeltsin announced the state of emergency on Oct. 3, said that he expected the president to sign the decree on his return from Japan, Interfax reported.


He said the decree would give prosecutors and the courts sweeping powers in dealing with "cases of obstruction of police, testimony and investigation".


Amnesty International, the human rights organization, expressed concern Wednesday about reports that a number of Yeltsin's opponents arrested after the battles at the Ostankino television complex and the White House last week had been ill-treated in detention.


According to Amnesty's report, dozens of people detained Oct. 4-5 were beaten while in detention. Most were later released.


The report has been sent to Yeltsin and other officials urging them to investigate each allegation of ill-treatment.


Meanwhile, police continued to impose a midnight to 5 A. M. curfew in Moscow. Galina Odinokova, a spokeswoman for the commandant's office, said that 51 people were detained in connection with crimes Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.


She added that 1, 635 people had been detained for minor curfew violations, while 378 were expelled from Moscow for having neither permanent nor temporary residence documents. She said 1, 389 rounds of live ammunition and six fire-arms were also confiscated.


Odinokova said that she expected the crackdown on crime to continue in Moscow after the state of emergency ends Sunday.


"The Interior Ministry will use its experience from working within the curfew to continue the crackdown on crime in the city", she said. She acknowledged that some people had been beaten, but said: "All such facts will be investigated and officials guilty of abuse of power will be punished or sacked".