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Ceturtdiena 18.01.2018 | Name days: Antis, Antons

Medvedev: no reason to leave politics

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev made it clear that neither he nor the political power he represents have any reason to leave active politics. He did not rule out the possibility to participate in the next presidential elections.

At the same time, Medvedev said in an interview to Times that, «if our people get bored from it, and they’ll say «goodbye» to me – in that case I’ll stick to writing memoirs».

The Prime Minister also said that he fully supports the efforts of Kofi Annan in resolving the Syrian problem. According to him, relations of the UK, USA and Russia are in good shape, even though the unresolved issue with the deployment of the American anti-missile defence systems could end up with a new arms race.

Medvedev said that his main achievement as President of Russia (2008-2012) was the adoption of a number of «anti-corruption» laws. Nevertheless, this could alternatively mean the «recognition of the problem itself», and that the work to combat corruption must continue.

He calls corruption in Russia a system threat. «So far, I haven’t seen any exceptionally successful cases of combat corruption,» – Medvedev admitted.

In 2008-2009, Medvedev signed the laws that obligated MPs, members of the presidential administration, parliamentarians, judges, law enforcement operatives and military men, and their closest relatives to reports their income. Entire departments were in charge of checking them.

Three years later, before the end of his presidency, Medvedev submitted a new corruption combating law to the State Duma. This new law introduced control of expenditure of officials, BBC reports.

In 2006, even before his election as President, Russia ratified the UN anti-corruption convention. In 2008, the Law on Corruption Counter-Measures was adopted. In 2012, Russia joined the OECD convention on corruption combating.

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