Young police crusader cleans house

  • 2003-01-30
  • Steven C. Johnson
RIGASharply dressed and soft-spoken, Maris Gulbis looks more the part of a go-ahead young professional fresh from university than Latvia's top cop.But in less than three months as interior minister, the 31-year-old has set into motion a massive reorganization in the police and security structures, aiming to make good on a government promise to tame what many consider the most hopelessly corrupt institution in the country.Already, Gulbis has engineered the dismissal or demotion of top officials in the state police, broken up a drug ring inside the Riga city police and even started to crack d...
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