In Yekaterinburg, the police were forbidden to drive official foreign cars due to sanctions imposed on Russia due to the fact that it started a war in Ukraine. In addition, the police suspended the repair and maintenance of foreign cars. The document, signed by the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Yekaterinburg, Igor Ozerov, published The base:
Authenticity of the document to “Kommersant Ural” confirmed press secretary Valery Gorelykh. We are talking about cars of the brands Volkswagen, Renault, Skoda and others, the decree comes into force on April 1.
The security forces in Yekaterinburg made the decision due to “the impossibility of the contractors fulfilling state contracts for the repair of official vehicles,” the order states.
According to Gorelykh, 23.5% of the vehicle fleet of the Sverdlovsk police consists of imported cars. But he believes that the local police will still not have problems in order to go to the scene of the crime. “These cars are mostly new. But even if their operation were temporarily limited, domestic-made official vehicles are enough to adequately respond to messages and statements from citizens, quickly go to the scene of incidents and other events,” the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the region emphasized. .
Local publication E1.ru, citing a source in law enforcement agencies claimsthat the ban on driving official foreign cars will affect only Yekaterinburg, and in other cities of the region, police officers have so far simply been asked to “use less frequently” imported cars.