Russian interior minister urges youth to fight corruption

21:49, July 21, 2010      

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Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev on Wednesday called on Russia's young people to maintain high moral standards and avoid corruption.

Nurgaliev, who at a summer camp for young political and business elite, urged students to abstain from offering bribes to their teachers in exchange for high scores and admission to universities.

Admitting that corruption in the field was widespread, Nurgaliev said it would be impossible for only alw enforcement to fight the problem.

Corruption persists due to low moral standards in the country and the involvement of organized crime, the minister said

"Well, we detain one, two, three people but the fourth one replaces them immediately," Nurgaliev said. "The only way to get rid of those grafters is not to offer them bribes."

Police arrested Professor Polina Surina from Russia's leading Moscow State University in April for allegedly taking a bribe of 1.3 million rubles (42,719 U.S. dollars) for admission to the university, the largest amount of the kind ever offered in Russia.

Source: Xinhua


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