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Russian Police Charged with Helping Local Mobsters

July 26, 1995

MOSCOW (AP) _ Top police officials responsible for fighting organized crime in a central Russian city have been arrested on charges of helping local mobsters, a government newspaper reported Wednesday.

Federal police officers arrested Yevgeny Roitman, the head of the organized crime-fighting unit in Tver, about 90 miles north of Moscow, and several others, the daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta said.

It said Roitman was accused of having close ties with organized criminals and being involved in the murders of several Tver businessmen who refused to cooperate with them.

It said the city’s deputy police chief was also forced to resign after investigators discovered that criminals bought a luxury tour to Italy for him and his wife.

In Moscow, police reported crime in the capital rose 7.1 percent in the first six months of this year compared with 1994, and said no real progress has been made in fighting the growing violence.

Premeditated murder, kidnapping, extortion, swindling and drug-related offenses all increased, Maj. Gen. Boris Kondrashov, chief of the Moscow Interior Department, told a news conference.