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From Transperancy 2002.01.07 Putin warns audit chambers against politicisation.and prosecutor-generals spokesman says crime world spent half of income on bribes RFE/RL Newsline 03 Jan 2002 Addressing Audit Chamber board members on 28 December, President Putin said the agency must be "politically neutral and unbiased" in its investigations, and should not duplicate the work of other institutions monitoring the spending of state budget funds, strana.ru reported. Alluding to several recent public statements made by Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin pertaining to certain investigations, Putin said the agency "has very strong prerogatives and tools" and should thus use them "with minimum publicity." Putin also called on the chamber to increase cooperation with the presidential administrations control department. A spokesman for Prosecutor-Generals Office told Interfax on 2 January that last year his agency investigated about 8,000 corruption cases among Russian officials, an increase of 14 percent compared to 2000. In particular, criminal cases were opened against heads or deputy heads of administrations in the Vladimir, Tver, Kurgan, Moscow, Novosibirsk, and Kemerovo Oblasts, as well as the Evenk Autonomous Okrug. In addition, the heads of 18 federal agencies were investigated for corruption or other economic crimes. He estimated that in todays Russia up to 50 percent of criminal income is spent on bribing corrupt officials
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