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    MOSCOW, January 12, 2004. /RIA Novosti correspondent/ - Vladimir Putin has set top priorities for the President's anti-corruption council.

    When speaking at the council's session on Tuesday, the Russian leader pointed out that it was necessary to establish permanent and systematic anti-corruption expertise of legislation. "We have to find out clauses that lead to abusive practices and the very possibility of corruption. Laws should contain only clear and realistic requirements, as well as clear mechanisms of their application," Putin said. The council will also take part in analyzing work of federal, regional and local bodies of power, he added.

    "All administrative procedures should be as transparent as possible," the head of state emphasized. Bodies of power must abandon the traditions of solving state and municipal tasks of non-budget and tax legislation behind the closed doors.

    Yet another task of the council will be to work out efficient forms of public control over state and municipal authorities, the President said.

    The stronger and more efficient the institutions of civil control are, the fewer chances there will be for abusive practices, he believes. The council should have "unbiased information on the scale of corruption, know in which areas it is widely spread and to use unequivocal legal criteria of assessment in its work", Putin underlined.

    "We have to give an exact classification of the very notion of corruption and to understand what contributes to its spreading," he said.

    "The council will present its concrete proposals as legislative initiatives of the government and the President," Putin concluded.

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