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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Asked to Stop Extorting Tourists

The Association of Guides and Tour Managers has written a letter to city police chief Vladimir Pronin pleading for him to end to what they describe as the regular extortion of bribes from tourists by police, Interfax reported Tuesday.

The letter, copies of which have been sent to the Kremlin and the federal government, complains that policemen "regularly" extort money from tourists who visit Red Square while their passports are still being registered by the hotels where they are staying.

"Our guides regularly face such situations," association head Larisa Sosunova said.

Sosunova said the Moscow-based association, which unites 1,500 tour guides catering to foreigners, sent the letter a month ago but received no feedback.

City Hall's tourism committee and police declined comment Tuesday.

Police by law can detain people without passports for several hours to establish their identity. Police officers are regularly accused of extorting bribes.