The Russian anti-corruption campaign: public relations, politics or substantive change?
In 2009, Russian President Dmitrii Medvedev initiated [yet another] anti-corruption campaign. Earlier Russian [and Soviet] governmental efforts to combat widespread and deeply-rooted corruption have failed due to the lack of genuine political will to attack the problem, since in essence it was an attack on the governmental system itself and its political leaders (and their "favorites").This article examines the political and legal context for the anti-corruption campaign, with an emphasis on the practical difficulties for its success. The authors conclude that today's economic and political conditions are such that on can no longer exclude the possibility that Russia could evolve into a modern, economically vibrant, law-based state, where the leadership is politically accountable to public.
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