Presidential frontrunner Vladimir Putin says the fight against corruption should become a ‘national cause’ (photo: dpa)

Russia corruption: How the price of oil is masking malpractice

Moves by President Dmitry Medvedev to clean up corrupt practices in Russia may have achieved little so far, but the subject was at least being debated. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin this month has called for anti-corruption measures to be put in place as the public becomes increasingly vocal in their anger over a system where greed and oil money decide everything. This report examines why observers believe that even debate will be stifled when, as expected, Mr Putin returns to power as president in the March 2012 election, and Russia will have to wait for the oil price to drop for any change in the system.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
If Mr Putin were to get serious about fighting corruption, he would have to return to times when the interest of the state was placed above that of individuals
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