April 13, 2009 / 4:39 PM / 10 years ago

Russia police fired for drunken Red Square drive

People walk in Red Square during a rainy day in Moscow June 30, 2008. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Three off-duty Russian policemen were fired on Monday for driving drunk through Moscow’s Red Square in the early hours of the morning, dressed in their police uniforms.

“A medical examination revealed that all three policemen were drunk,” Moscow City Police said in a statement about the incident which took place on Friday.

“(They have) tarnished the honor and dignity of police officers.”

Russians are some of the world’s heaviest drinkers and demographers often cite high alcohol consumption as a factor in the low life expectancy of Russian men.

The image of national airline Aeroflot’s subsidiary Aeroflot-Nord was dealt a serious blow earlier this year when alcohol was found in the blood of one of its pilots who crashed over the Urals, killing 88 people on board. (Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman and Tatyana Ustinova; Editing by Sophie Hares)

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