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MOSCOW, March 20 (Itar-Tass) – The Communist Party intends to hand over to the State Duma lower house of parliament 115,000 signatures in favor of ratification of Article 20 of the UN Convention against Corruption, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov told reporters on Wednesday.
The Convention was ratified by Russia in 2006 with the exception of Article 20 that requires state officials to declare their incomes.
“These signatures will be handed over to the Duma leadership today,” Zyuganov said, adding that they will also go to the Federation Council upper house. He noted that Moscow students took part in the signatures collection. According to Zyuganov, civil servants fear Article 20 “as the devil fears holy water”. A total damage from the activity of subordinates to ex-defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov worth 6.7 billion dollars has already been proven. “Three hundred kindergartens, 100 sports centers, 50 swimming pools and ten stadiums could have been built for our children” with this money, he said.