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7 Ежегодная большая пресс-конференция Part 17 В.Путин (Putin)

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Published on Nov 12, 2008

7 Annual Big Press Conference Part 17
February 14,2008
President of Russia V.Putin
The Kremlin,Moscow

ARGUMENTY I FAKTY NEWSPAPER: Last year you were mentioning ineffectiveness of the three-level government structure, today you said that the whole government system is terribly inefficient. You mentioned corruption too as, you said, one of the main problems of the nation. So, as the current president and most likely future prime minister, could you share your plans for fighting corruption? Do you have any specific plans for changing the government structure, and who would you be willing to bring into the government?
VLADIMIR PUTIN: Corruption is always a problem in developing markets and developing countries. It is a common problem that we face, unfortunately. The situation was especially difficult in the early and mid 1990s when the old structures collapsed and part of our economic high society was able to amass huge fortunes, bypassing the law and making use of state resources. This undermined peoples confidence in business, of course. Furthermore, big corporations were active in placing their people in the government, civil service and political administration. Few of these people actually received a salary in these posts it was not the money that interested them.
Fighting corruption takes time. There is no miracle anti-corruption tablet that the state can swallow and cure its corruption woes overnight. What are needed are legal measures, tougher penalties and a stronger legal system. We have signed a number of European anti-corruption agreements and also the UN anti-corruption agreement. We need to incorporate the provisions of all of these agreements into our own legislation. An expert group is working on this now and we will definitely pass an anti-corruption law.
We also need to raise wages in the civil service. The public has to understand that it is better to pay civil servants decent wages and at the same time demand that they perform their duties honestly than to pay them a pittance and give them the incentive to turn to corruption.
Most important of all, we need to develop the institutions of civil society, develop public and media control over the situation in the civil service and state administration. This is very important and it is something I always keep in mind. We will most definitely work in this direction.
On the question of how effectively the Government is performing, I do think that the structure set up over these last four years has not functioned as well as we hoped (we had planned that the ministries would concentrate only on lawmaking activity while the agencies and so on would carry out their functions). The ministers end up all the same immediately tugging the administrative blanket their way. The system of deputy prime ministers that we introduced has worked quite well. We will reflect on how to make the Governments work more effective.
As for the question of who might be brought into the Government, if the voters do indeed choose Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev and if he does nominate me to be the prime minister, then there will be changes in the Presidential Executive Office and in the Government.
GUDOK NEWSPAPER: People are worried what will happen when the freeze on prices for products of social significance ends? How will the market react to this anti-market decision?

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