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Meeting of the Council for Countering Corruption

January 13, 2011, The Kremlin, Moscow

A regular meeting of the Council for Countering Corruption took place in the Kremlin.

In his opening remarks, Dmitry Medvedev outlined some of the most pressing challenges and issued relevant instructions.

The President noted that it is vital to expand civil society’s involvement in all anti-corruption initiatives. In addition, Mr Medvedev instructed the regional heads to inform the public about issues discussed at the recently established coordination meetings.

Another task is to check the accuracy and completeness of officials’ income declarations and exposure of those who provide false information. It is important to analyse the effectiveness of the financial information disclosure system. The President also instructed the Federal Taxation Service and the Prosecutor General's Office to check the accuracy of officials’ income declarations within three months.

Dmitry Medvedev stressed the need for speedy adoption of a law directed against front companies, which were previously used for illegal cash-out transactions but now have become a channel for receiving bribes by officials. The individuals who use such firms and those who establish them must be brought to justice. The President instructed the Government to expedite the drafting of the bill and submit it to the State Duma by February 1, 2011.

Dmitry Medvedev also noted the importance of anti-corruption monitoring of international projects that will take place on Russian territory, such as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the APEC summit. Control over spending of state funds for these events requires the collaboration of the General Prosecutor's Office, the Accounts Chamber, the Interior Ministry and other federal agencies.

During the meeting heads of law enforcement agencies reported to the President on the results of the 2010 anti-corruption efforts.

January 13, 2011, The Kremlin, Moscow