MOSCOW: A Moscow traffic policeman is set to receive a state award in recognition of his honesty in refusing to accept $1.5 million as bribe.
The award comes to him as Russia celebrates a rare breakthrough in its fight against rampant graft.
According to the country’s interior ministry, the officer will receive a commendation and a 100,000 ruble ($3,220) bonus.
A resident of the Far Eastern Federal District had attempted to pass the 45 million ruble ($1.5 million) backhander in exchange for the officer illegally registering and issuing documents for around 300 trucks. But he was arrested as he tried to hand over part of the money, a TV report said.
Criminal proceedings have been launched and an investigation is underway.
Separately, Russian police on Saturday detained around a dozen anti-Kremlin opposition activists after they turned up near Red Square for a rally to support their jailed colleagues.
Police detained 13 out of around 30 activists who had planned to stage a rally in central Moscow, said Yekaterina Mochalova, one of the detained activists.
“We simply gathered near a monument when the police detained us,” she told AFP from a police vehicle. Some activists held placards with portraits of jailed activists, while one black-clad woman had a funeral wreath, a ribbon attached to it reading “Russian democracy,” an AFP photographer reported from the scene. Mochalova said that police chose not to detain a man who stood nearby with a placard reading “For Putin.”
The activists, part of the leftist group the Left Front, had planned to hold a picket on Red Square, but police had cordoned it off.