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Embezzlers of major construction project funds to be prosecuted, Medvedev warns

December 06, 2013, 13:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 06. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said in a live interview with Russia's major national television channels Friday that those who embezzle budget funds in the construction of major facilities and during the preparation of federal-scale events would “get a slap on the wrist” and brought to criminal responsibility.

“The spending should be controlled, and those who may try to plunder the funds will, naturally, get slapped on the wrist,” the prime minister said.

Reporters drew Medvedev’s attention to the fact that such events as the preparation of the Sochi Olympics, large-scale construction of sports and infrastructure facilities, preparation for the FIFA World Cup events often cause the embezzlement of public funds.

“As soon as the ‘big money’ appears, along come those who want to take part in this with an illegal attitude,” Medvedev admitted. “It is also true.” Therefore, he said, “some of them should be brought to criminal responsibility and some - debarred from contracts and construction sites.”

“But construction must go on,” the prime minister added.

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