Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened an official investigation following the appearance of a video in which high-ranking law-enforcement officials celebrated their colleague’s promotion using chants associated with organized crime.
The video was posted by a news outlet called Novy Den (New Day) and was initially recorded in a restaurant in Tyumen. Among those attending the celebration were the regional police chief for combating organized crime, the organized crime chief’s deputy, and other high-ranking officers. They were celebrating the promotion of another investigator, Rafik Agliulin, to the rank of major.
One of the men who attended the event later told the radio station Govorit Moskva (Moscow Speaks) that the slogans were a joke.