Interfax: Russian society should not tolerate corruption – Putin

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MOSCOW. Oct 30 (Interfax) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said an atmosphere of intolerance of corruption should be created in Russia.

“The laws alone, the demands [against corruption] alone are not enough. We need to form an atmosphere of zero tolerance of corruption in society,” Putin told the Council on Corruption Prevention on Wednesday.

The president believes there is a need to make “a reliable system of feedback between society and the state.”

“Every signal on corruption should be followed by appropriate reactions,” Putin said.

Speaking about corruption in the regions, Putin said that “the tariffs on bribes and payoffs are well-known in some regions and they even change according to inflation. We could, of course, laugh at it if it wasn’t so sad,” he said.

“I would like to hear proposals from you on measures that will help reduce corruption levels. This fully applies to the anti-corruption protection of infrastructure objects that we are implementing or just launching,” Putin said.