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RF President urges prosecutors to combat corruption

March 06, 2013, 13:18 UTC+3

The president believes that the main task of the Prosecutor’s Office is purging of the law enforcement bodies’ ranks

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday held an expanded meeting of the board of the RF Prosecutor General’s Office at which summarised the results of the agency work for the last year. The president believes that the main task of the Prosecutor’s Office is purging of the law enforcement bodies’ ranks. However, Putin asked the prosecutors to do all this “without going into hysterics.” In addition, the RF head of state demanded to suppress the activity of radical groups and take under control foreign adopters of Russian orphans.

Putin had already given instructions at a similar meeting of the board of the Federal Security Service (FSB) last week to fight radicals in the Internet, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily writes. His call at the Prosecutor General’s Office board meeting acquired more stringent wording. “They (the radical groups that act “impudently and defiantly”) stage public actions, disseminating criminal ideas in the Internet and are recruiting their supporters almost openly,” Putin told the prosecutors. “Your direct duty is to respond absolutely strictly to the attempts to instigate interethnic and interreligious strife, the propaganda of xenophobia and chauvinism.”

The protection of the rights of minors must be taken under special control, the RF president is certain. The example is known: providing orphans with housing. It is no secret that bodies of local self-government often offer unfit dwelling to orphans or do not allocate money from the budget for this purpose. There is always a matter of priority here where to allot the money: for the people or for some construction site that can perfectly well wait, the head of state said. “Almost 14 thousand court rulings on the protection of orphans’ rights have not been fulfilled,” the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper quotes Putin as saying.

At the end of the board meeting Putin urged the prosecutors to intensify the fight against corruption and begin this purge in their ranks, the Novye Izvestia daily indicates. Cleaning up corruption in the government, the president said, is the main condition for the country’s development, because the citizens’ trust in the state and authorities depend on the effectiveness of this fight. The president demanded to get rid of corrupt officials “professionally and toughly,” especially of those who have entrenched themselves in the law enforcement agencies, in which “all the problems of our society are reflected like in a drop of water.” But this work should be done “without going into hysterics,” the president emphasised.

The lawyers’ opinion about the Russian Prosecutor’s Office is not very complimentary at present, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily writes. Lawyer of the Moscow-based Yakovlev & Partners Law Offices Irina Barsukova believes that the agency that is still formally enforcing the law has factually turned into a needless bureaucratic element between the citizens and law enforcement agencies. Today, the Prosecutor’s Office is vested with the supervisory authority and the right to demand to comply with its instructions. But the prosecutors’ directions are not obligatory for law enforcement agencies. They have no levers to influence the investigation and cannot compel law enforcers to remove violations of law. “We are accustomed to believe that the Prosecutor’s Office is a strong, effectively working structure, appealing to which always gives a positive result. However, everything has changed over recent years,” Barsukova says.






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