It was always going to take a long time, but Russian President Dmitry Medvedev admitted on July 14 that his crusade against corruption has not yielded much success so far. "It is obvious that no one is satisfied with our progress in clamping down on corruption," Medvedev said, adding that there had been no major achievements in a campaign he had flagged as a priority of his presidency.
Since taking office, the president has launched a long-promised campaign against corruption and nearly every week some high official or state employee is sacked or jailed. However, this is only a drop in the bucket compared with the million-plus state employees who've been extracting bribes as part of their job for centuries.
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