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Russian police account for more than one-third of corruption-related crimes

Russian police with HelmetsMoscow, 13 January: Law-enforcement agencies, the armed forces, local self-government and Health and Social Development Ministry agencies lead the way when it comes to the number of employees against whom criminal cases have been opened over corruption charges, head of the Investigations Committee Aleksandr Bastrykin said today.
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Bastrykin announced at a meeting of the presidential council on combating corruption that almost 6,000 officials had been held accountable for corruption-related crimes in 2010.

"Almost 34 per cent of them are employees of law-enforcement agencies, namely the Interior Ministry and us, the investigation agencies. The armed forces came second, with almost 15 per cent of their officials corrupt. The third place was taken by local self-government bodies, places like Kushchevka and Gus Khrustalnyy, where the criminal community and local authorities are merging into one. The fourth place was taken by Health and Social Development Ministry agencies, where almost 3 per cent of staff had been held accountable," he said.

The most corrupt fields of activity include law enforcement (almost 43 per cent of all corruption cases which have been opened); education and science; and health care and social services, Bastrykin said. He said
that special attention should be paid to these areas when dealing with the problem of corruption.

Bastrykin also singled out the current law on state purchases, having stressed that "it creates opportunities for corruption schemes and organized crime groups".

On the field of law-enforcement, which tops the list in terms of the greatest number of corrupt officials, he said that 120 investigators of various departments, 12 prosecutors and their assistants, and 48 lawyers had been held criminally accountable for such crimes in 2010 alone. He also said that corruption charges had been filed against 214 local deputies, 310 elected local officials, 11 deputies of regional legislatures and one State Duma deputy.

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