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 Medvedev signs national anti-corruption program for 2010-2011

Medvedev signs national anti-corruption program for 2010-2011

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order on a national anti-corruption program for 2010-2011, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order on a national anti-corruption program for 2010-2011, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

The statement said the national anti-corruption strategy and the national anti-corruption plan were designed at eliminating corruption, including among top officials.

The Berlin-based non-governmental anti-corruption organization Transparency International has persistently rated Russia as one of the most corrupt nations in the world. In the 2009 Corruption Perception Index, Russia was ranked 146th of 180, below countries like Togo, Pakistan and Libya. The United States was ranked 19th.

A total of 4,500 corruption cases were brought to court in the first half of 2009 in Russia, with 532 public officials and 700 law-enforcers being convicted.

Recently Russia's Chief Military Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky said the Russian armed forces and security troops have seen a sharp rise in corruption-related crimes this year adding that corruption affected worst the sensitive sectors of state military purchases, providing housing and official benefits for servicemen.

"The resolution to this problem is provided primarily by a planned increase of a legal culture, by achieving a maximum of transparency of public services and also by constantly addressing preventative work throughout all state and municipal bodies and self-regulatory organizations," the statement said.

President Medvedev highlighted corruption as one of Russia's most pressing problems. In May 2009, Medvedev said corruption, long seen as an unfortunate fact of life in Russia, needed to be made "improper."

MOSCOW, April 14 (RIA Novosti)