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Putin on presidential appointment of governors, corruption

Vladimir PutinMOSCOW. Dec 16 (Interfax) - The existing procedure of appointing governors protects the public from criminal infiltration in governing bodies, said Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

One of the motives for changing the procedure of appointing governors of Russian regions was "to prevent criminals from power," Putin said during his annual televised question-and-answer session.

"Unfortunately, in our situation where the civil society is quite yet efficient, during the so-called direct elections almost every candidate always had some criminals behind his back, who using their unaccounted black money tried, and sometimes quite efficiently, to impact the election campaign process and its outcomes," Putin said.

Now that governor candidates are nominated by the president, and local MPs must either vote or not vote against them, "this more or less protects the public from criminal infiltration in at least this high regional level of governance," the Russian prime minister said.

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