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Originally published Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:26 AM

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Russia creates force to investigate police crimes

The head of Russia's top investigation agency has announced the creation of a task force that will investigate crimes committed by police officers.

The Associated Press

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MOSCOW —

The head of Russia's top investigation agency has announced the creation of a task force that will investigate crimes committed by police officers.

The move follows a perennial public outcry over cases of killings, beatings, torture and other abuses committed by police throughout the country in recent years. Victims and human rights groups say a police reform launched by President Dmitry Medvedev has achieved little beyond changing the force's name.

Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin signed a decree Wednesday that stipulates creation of a department that will investigate police crimes and report directly to the agency's leadership while maintaining a full independence from local authorities and police.

The Investigative Committee is independent from the Interior Ministry that oversees the police force.

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