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The Russian president signs a new police law, but experts doubt it will change the country's corrupt police system. Our correspondent in Moscow asks residents for their opinion. Let's see more.
The Russian militia was officially renamed “police” with President Dmitry Medvedev signing a law on police reform on Tuesday.
The but new law does not only involve re-branding. It cuts the number of officers by 20 percent and introduces a rigorous selection process. However it is casting doubts over how effective it will be in uprooting corruption in the country’s police force.
[Maria Lipman, Analyst, Carnegie Center]:
"This reform is quite sound, it is associated with the president's name and it seems to have good intentions. But it may not bring any positive changes."
The reform was initiated by the president last year, after a number of police crimes provoked an angry public response.
The long-awaited reform is supposed to bring higher salaries and more professionalism to the Russian police force.
But Moscow residents are skeptical about the new law.
[Olga Kuznetsova, Moscow Resident]:
"I respect Medvedev, he is competent. He is educated and a lawyer. And once they change it from ‘militia’ to ‘police’ it should be for the better. But I think it will hardly improve our state of law in the country.”
[Igor Maksimov, Moscow Resident]:
"Our people are not ready. It is necessary to work on these laws more carefully."
[Tamara Tikhomirov, Moscow Resident]:
"Now we don’t have enough time to rename them. We have so many problems. I believe that nothing will change. Nothing."
[Ruslan Mursikaev, Resident]:
"I hope that this law does not just change the name, change the signs, but that something will really change the morale of our police.”
NTD News, Moscow, Russia.