Kremlin adviser sees end to graft
The Kremlin has been promising for years to root out corruption from Russia’s bureaucracy. President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to redouble these efforts. In June, the newly elected president’s administration presented him with new anti-corruption legislation and a plan to clean up the judiciary.
Medvedev’s top economic adviser, Arkady Dvorkovich, speaking at the Reuters Russian Investment Summit, bristled at a reporter’s suggestion that the anti-corruption campaign might start in the top echelon of politics:
“You haven’t noticed we’ve started?”
“The change in behavour of bureaucrats is noticeable at all levels. I can tell from my own colleagues there is no longer a casual attitude toward the prospect of a run-in with the law. There is fear and understanding on the part of those who join the civil service that it isn’t a money making tool.
“A few years back it was a mass phenomenon — people came to government service with the aim of making money. It doesn’t happen anymore. “