Anti-Corruption Council Seeks Tougher Measures

MOSCOW, February 13 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s presidential anti-corruption council proposed additional sanctions against corrupt state officials, at a meeting on Wednesday led by Kremlin administration chief Sergei Ivanov.

“The Council’s presidium discussed the activities of federal state bodies in assessing corruption risks arising while they fulfil their duties. Attention was paid to proposals for improving this,” the Kremlin said on its website.

Russia plans to spend some 3.5 million rubles ($117,000) on anti-corruption training for federal civil servants, Russian Deputy Labor and Social Welfare Minister Tatyana Blinova said at the meeting.

President Vladimir Putin submitted a draft bill to the State Duma on Tuesday prohibiting Russian officials from holding bank accounts abroad or owning foreign-issued shares and bonds.

According to a November opinion poll by VTsIOM, 38 percent of Russians believe the country’s anti-corruption campaign has not produced any meaningful results, with 13 percent saying corruption keeps getting worse.

Russia ranked 133rd of 174 countries in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index by the Transparency International watchdog, alongside Iran, Kazakhstan and Honduras.


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