Putin warned power ministries against “making information noise” over corruption cases

Putin warned power ministries against “making information noise” over corruption cases
Vladimir Putin Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev / Presidential Press Office / TASS / Scanpix / LETA

The President said the fight against corruption is not a show.

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized law enforcement bodies for "making information noise" over corruption high-profile cases. In his address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Putin said that the fight against corruption is not a show.

"Unfortunately, now it is a common practice when information noise is made over the so-called resonant cases, often by representatives of investigative and law enforcement authorities", - the President said.

Putin also noted that in recent years, a series of the high-profile anti-corruption cases have been initiated in Russia. However, vast majority of officials are honest and decent people, he said.

In November 2016, Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukayev was arrested on suspicion of taking a bribe. Since June this year, former governor of the Kirov Region Nikita Belykh has been in custody. In September this year, officer of the MIA anti-corruption department Dmitry Zakharchenko, whose billions of rubles were found during the searches, was detained. In July this year, senior officials of the ICR were detained by the FSB on charges of bribery.

In September 2016, official representative of the Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin, who provided media support to the government entity, resigned.

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