Russia: September 24, 2004


 Russian police have arrested over 10,000 people in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in the North Ossetian town of Beslan. About half of those rounded up are people living in Moscow illegally. In Russia, you have to be registered with the government, as living at a particular address, to be "legal." In the Soviet period, you needed government permission to move your residence, or even travel long distances. The Russian legislature is considering reintroducing some of these restrictions. The low pay scales for police and security personnel is also being examined, as the low pay is given as a major reason for the widespread accepting of bribes by the police. It was a bribed cop that got suicide bombers on Russian aircraft last month. 


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