Cor­rupt Kyiv traf­fic cops are given the boot

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES/WORLD -

The days of road­side shake­downs by crooked cops in Kyiv may fi­nally be at an end.

Ukraine’s in­te­rior min­istry will dis­band Kyiv’s of­ten cor­rupt traf­fic po­lice de­tach­ment Satur­day and in­stall a new force — with help from Canada, the U.S., Ja­pan and Aus­tralia.

Ask many res­i­dents, or even visi­tors, in the for­mer Soviet re­pub­lic and in­vari­ably the con­ver­sa­tion turns to traf­fic cops with a rep­u­ta­tion for pulling over mo­torists to col­lect cash fines for real — or imag­ined — vi­o­la­tions.

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