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Critics of corruption: (left to right)  Dmitry Medvedev, Sergei Ivanov and Vladimir Putin (photo: dpa)

Russia’s corruption crackdown may be a Putin ploy

The Kremlin’s move against the high-level corruption that plagues Russia came as a surprise. Targets included ministries and big business, and there have been arrests and dismissals. Is this a genuine attempt to end the ‘culture of impunity’ or just a ploy by a politically weakened Vladimir Putin, which will soon quietly be forgotten?

MOSCOW is in the grip of a major campaign against corruption. It is not the first time that the Kremlin has tackled this deeply ingrained Russian disease - but this assault appears to be quite serious.

According to an anonymous source from the Interior Ministry, investigators have received an ‘unequivocal message from ...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
When Dmitry Medvedev's tenure drew to a close, malpractice at the highest levels had reached such proportions that it provided a major part of the impetus for the massive protest rallies that shook Moscow during the winter of 2012
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