Wednesday, November 17, 2004
The Washington Post reports that the Moscow city council has appropriated $3 million dollars to create "Public Order Councils" in the city's 676 subdistricts. The Public Order Councils consists of regular citiens who are entrusted with the job of fighting crime in their neighborhoods.
“Without the help of the citizens it is impossible to have security,” said Inna Svyatenko, the bill’s legislative sponsor. “And our goal is to promote the people’s participation.”
But critics say this effort is an "attempt to return to Soviet-style monitoring of the citizenry and the resurrection of the feared stukach, or informer, in Russian life." Says Lev Ponomarev, executive director of the All-Russia Public Movement for Human Rights. “It’s very Soviet, and it exploits the fact that some people will inform on their neighbors with pleasure.”
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