Matvienko: the fight against corruption in Russia, despite post – the long haul

MOSCOW, may 23. /TASS/. The fight against corruption in Russia, regardless of titles and faces no short-term trend and long-term state policy. This opinion was expressed by the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.

“There is solid, hard work on cleansing of the authorities, the police, all our society of the scourge of corruption. And it will require a long time,” – said Matvienko in interview to the newspaper “Izvestia”.

According to her, in different countries the extent of corruption vary. “We are still significant. This causes damage to the country not only economic, but also moral,” – said the speaker of the Federation Council.

She noted that the Russian President “firmly and consistently pursues this course, regardless of the person, position, rank”. “It doesn’t matter whether we are talking about governors, generals or Ministers. Declared a relentless fight against anyone who gets into the pocket of the state, to extort bribes, kickbacks requires. And it’s not a market trend and government policy, as they say, the long haul,” said Matvienko.

In her opinion, it is necessary to pay more attention to the prevention of corruption “to see the soil in which it grows, this phenomenon, to eliminate conditions conducive to abuse.”

She recalled that every high-ranking official, the Deputy, the Senator not only fills in a Declaration of income, but shall report on expenditures during the year and their sources. “He bears a heavy responsibility for providing false information. You can say we all live like transparent glass,” – said Matvienko.