Krasnodar, 4 April – Yug Times. Fifty-five years ago, on April 6, 1963 prejudicial inquiry was introduced in what was then the Soviet internal affairs system. On the eve of the jubilee, Dmitri Demin, Head of the Central Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Krasnodar region, gives us an exclusive interview.
Q.: Why is your work so important in terms of guaranteeing the efficient activity of internal affairs agencies?
A.: The Internal Affairs’ investigative bodies ensure the investigation of about 60% of the crimes registered by the police.
Q.: Who are your staff? Where do they come from?
A.: Investigators are trained at both civil and specialized police colleges and universities. On the whole, their graduates are well prepared in theory, but their practical knowledge is to be acquired in the course of work.
Q.: What is the most important quality criterion of the investigator’s work?
A.: There are lots of such criteria but let me distinguish one of them.
I direct my subordinates to start thinking of the difficulties that may appear in the course of a possible lawsuit at once, when they just start looking into the case and determining if it would be worth sending it to court.
It is the execution of the sentence that we believe is a direct result of our high-quality work. Any verdict of ‘not guilty’ or remittance for further inquiry would be seen as an unsatisfactory result.
Q.: Do you stay in touch with the veterans of your agency, the ones that outlived the change of the country’s social structure?
A.: Of course we do. We invite them to all our festive events, because the veterans are part of our history. And personally for me, they are part of my family history too. I am glad to know that my grandfather who is 93, stood at the beginnings of the prejudicial inquiry system. In the 1960s, he prosecuted inquests at what was then called Ministry of Public Order. Then he became an investigator. This is why I know the history of the agency better than anybody else.
Q.: What should in your opinion be the qualities of a contemporary investigator? Are there any characters from detective novels that stay close to what an ideal investigator must look like?
A.: I think that the main treats are intellect, intuition and concentration, ability to single out what is the most important thing at each concrete moment. What about the literary characters - Holmes or Maigret are remarkable personages, but they are fictional characters, so experts cannot take them seriously.
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