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    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday new anticorruption laws should be extensively used.

    VLADIVOSTOK, July 25 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday new anticorruption laws should be extensively used.

    "We have a national plan, we have a package of anticorruption laws, we have adopted bylaws," Medvedev told the NTV channel.

    "The main thing now is to learn to use and not to be afraid to use these documents, so that those who use them do not fear that they will be punished tomorrow. This is the most complicated task," he said.

    The full interview with Medvedev will be shown on Sunday.

    Medvedev, 43, was sworn in as Russia's president on May 7, 2008. During his election campaign, he made the fight against corruption one of his top priorities. He marked the first anniversary of his inauguration by vowing to take the struggle against corruption under his personal control.

    Shortly after taking office, Medvedev signed a decree to set up a presidential anti-corruption council and approved a plan to deal with the problem in July 2008, proposing that special units be created in every branch of government.

    In line with the plan, Russian military officers, customs officials, judges and police are required to declare their income and assets.

     

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