|Alexey Alexandrovich Dymovsky|
Alexey Dymovsky, November 2009.
28 August 1977|
Blagoveshchensk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Department||Internal Affairs Directorate of Novorossiysk|
|Years of service||2000–2009|
|Rank||2009 – commissioned as a Major|
|Other work||Founder of the White Ribbon (NGO)|
Alexey Alexandrovich Dymovsky (Russian: Алексе́й Алекса́ндрович Дымо́вский; born 28 August 1977) is a former militsiya officer who became famous in Russia for speaking out against corruption in law enforcement agencies on November 2009. He was fired and detained on fraud charges in January 2010, but the charges were later dropped.
Early life and career
Alexey Dymovsky was born on 28 August 1977 in Blagoveshchensk, Soviet Union. In 1992, Dymovsky left the 11th Secondary School in Svobodny, and then entered the Svobodnensky Railway Technical School, received his degree in 1996. On leaving education, he did military service for a fixed period during 1996–98 in the Russian Ground Forces, and since February 2000 began a career in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
He worked as a precinct officer at the Department of Internal Affairs (OVD) of Svobodny until 2004, and then transferred to the Internal Affairs Directorate (UVD) of Novorossiysk, Krasnodar Krai. In 2005 he was appointed to the post of operative agent at the operative search unit of Novorossiysk UVD. On November 2007 Dymovsky took up his post as a senior operative agent of the division on disclosing of murders, and since 2008 he held the same post at the drug traffic control division. In May 2009 Dymovsky was conferred the rank of Major in exchange for promising to jail an innocent person, but he was unable to keep the promise later.
Dymovsky decided to post video appeals on the Internet in part due to pressure that had started to be exerted on him at work following his unsuccessful attempt to raise his concerns during an annuual TV call-in program with Vladimir Putin in 2006. During the program, Dymovsky had submitted a question to then-President Putin, asking when outrages would end in the Novorossiysk militsiya. The question, which had been recorded, was never broadcast. According to Dymovkiy, when his work learned of his call, heavy pressure began to be exerted on him; this pressure was so severe that when the Presidential Administration called him back with regards to his claims, he did not dare to testify.
In his video appeals to Prime Minister Putin, Dymovsky claimed that corruption was endemic in the militsiya and that practices such as accusing innocent people in order to meet official crime detection targets and taking money to frame innocent people were widespread.
Dymovsky was fired from the police force soon after posting the videos. His YouTube messages prompted a wave of videos from other Russian police officers describing corruption and the framing of innocent people.
- "Алексей Дымовский: У меня сейчас это равносильный самоубийству поступок..." (in Russian). Echo of Moscow. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
- "Russian policeman fired over clip". BBC. 9 November 2009. Archived from the original on 13 November 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2009.
- "Kritisches YouTube-Video an Putin kostet Polizisten den Job" (in German). Spiegel Online. 8 November 2009. Archived from the original on 11 November 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2009.
- "Alexei Dymovsky, Russian YouTube Cop, Arrested On Fraud Charges". The Huffington Post. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
- Whitmore, Brian (22 January 2010). "Russia Arrests Whistleblowing 'YouTube Cop'". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
- "Short autobiography" (in Russian). GZT.RU (Dymovskiy.ru). Retrieved 12 January 2010.
- "Description of service" (in Russian). GZT.RU (Dymovskiy.ru). Retrieved 12 January 2010.
- Kuznetzov, Alexsei (10 November 2009). "Whistleblower Tackles Russian Police Corruption". CBS News. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
- Osborn, Andrew (10 November 2009). "Russian policeman fired for YouTube call for end to corruption". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
- Odynova, Alexandra (10 November 2009). "Policeman’s Video Sparks 3 Inquiries"[permanent dead link]. The Moscow Times. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
- Larin, Alexey (11 November 2009). "Подарок ко Дню милиции" Archived 21 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine. (in Russian). Nizhegorodskaya Pravda. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
- Видеообращение майора милиции к Путину (in Russian). A. A. Dymovsky. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2009.
- Russian police officer's message to Vladimir Putin (English subtitles)
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