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Canada helps Ukraine boot corrupt traffic cops out of Kyiv
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Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, July 3, 2015 2:50PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine -- 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.

It's a major irritant, a drag on tourism and a sign of stubborn, deeply rooted corruption.

The pilot program in Kyiv will soon be rolled out nationwide. Roman Waschuk, Canada's ambassador to the embattled country, said he's not worried that putting thousands of ex-cops out of work

Added: Jul-3-2015 Occurred On: Jul-3-2015
By: Timmers1974
Ukraine, Regional News
Tags: Ukraine, Kyiv, cops, traffic, corruption, Georgia
Location: Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine (load item map)
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