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Bastrykin proposes to reduce list of privileged officials as anti-corruption measure

Hands Holding Cash, with Purse StrapsMOSCOW. Oct 22 (Interfax) - Forty-five investigators, eleven prosecutors, 12 MPs and two judges were prosecuted in 2010 for corruption, according to a report due to be presented by Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin to the State Duma on Friday, the committee said on its website.

"Measures have been stepped up to prosecute individuals enjoying a special legal status, who were involved in crimes of corruption," Bastrykin said.

In 2008, 594 people were prosecuted on charges of corruption, 758 in 2009, and already 446 in the first six months of 2010, the report says.

In 2010, criminal investigations were launched and corruption charges brought against 45 police investigators, four drug control investigators, eleven prosecutors, ten electoral officials, 155 local council members, 167 heads of local governments, 12 local legislature members and two judges, the report says.

"Our principled position on the equality of all before the law remains invariable. We are proposing to gradually reduce the list of people enjoying special legal status," Bastrykin said.

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