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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukrainian Police Probed for Graft

Dozens of Ukrainian police officers have been sentenced or face court proceedings on corruption charges, a senior official said.

Deputy Interior Minister Mykola Anufryev said a total of 55 police officers have been sentenced so far this year for corruption, and another 127 face legal proceedings.

In addition, 14 ministry administrators have been dismissed and another 57 have been disciplined, he said last week.

Ukraine's badly underpaid police force, like those in other former Soviet republics, is notorious for corruption — a subject of many popular jokes in the country.

Corrupt practices include extorting bribes from drivers and small businessmen, and taking money to ignore criminal activity.

Anufryev said that the overall number of criminal cases against police officers decreased nearly by half over the first four months of 2001 from the same period last year, and now totals 475.

He gave no breakdown of the other cases.

Ten Ukrainian police officers have been killed and 138 were wounded while on duty from January through May of this year, the deputy minister said.