Human Rights Activists Accuse Russian Police of Planting Drugs 9/25/98

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On Monday (9/22), human rights activists in the former Soviet Union accused Russian police of planting drugs on innocent persons.† At a press conference in Moscow, human rights activist Lev Ponomaryev told reporters that "an organization of crooked policemen... are persecuting people who have nothing to do with drugs" and that the police were acting "either under orders, or else to embellish their own track records."

Sergei Bachinin, editor in chief or the newspaper Vyatski Nabliodatel, who was arrested last year after police allegedly found less than a gram of marijuana in his office, headed the inquiry into the corruption.† He told reporters that he was "convinced that there are many files falsified with the help of fake testimonies and provocation."

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