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Gold toilet found in Russian police bribery probe

A GOLD-GILDED toilet  and other luxury items were found in a mansion raided by Russian investigators following a probe into police bribery.

Traffic police allegedly took bribes for issuing fake permits to businesses, enabling drivers to pass through checkpoints with unauthorised cargoes of grain and materials.

Alexei Safonov, head of traffic police in the southern Stavropol region, was arrested with six others following the raid by the Investigative Committee (SK).

The accused gang of corrupt police have not commented on the charges.

Police forces across Russia’s North Caucasus were involved in the anti-corruption operation.

The SK conducted some 80 searches and seized large quantities of cash, as well as luxury cars.

Mr Safonov’s gang pocketed bribes over several years, worth more than 19 million roubles (£187,000), according to the SK.

He could face up to 15 years in jail if found guilty.

Footage of the raid shows a luxury villa allegedly belonging to the crime gang, with gold ornamentation inside, including the bathroom and kitchen.

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