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Russian court sentences general to 20 years in prison on corruption charges  
International Herald Tribune, 07 September 2006  
A Russian emergency official and six senior police officers on Wednesday were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 15 to 20 years on corruption charges — an unusually tough punishment for graft in a country where light sentences usually accompany such convictions.  
The Moscow District Military Court convicted the Emergency Situations Ministrys Gen. Yuri Ganeyev and six high-ranking officers from the Moscow criminal police of abuse of office, participation in an organized criminal group, extortion, illegal possession of explosives and other crimes.  
The court sentenced Ganeyev to 20 years in maximum security prison and handed out prison terms ranging from 15 to 20 years to the police officers. It also stripped all of them of their ranks and government medals.  
Ganeyev and the others have denied the charges, and their lawyers said they would appeal the verdict.  
The 2003 arrest of Ganeyev and his alleged accomplices was trumpeted by the government as a major success in the fight against corruption that has permeated Russian officialdom. Prosecutors said that Ganeyev and others had used their positions to extort money from businessmen.  
But despite Ganeyevs case and several other similar high-profile arrests that followed, official corruption has continued to flourish.  
Last year, Transparency International listed Russia as one of the nations where perceived corruption had increased from the previous years survey. Surveys have indicated that bribery snowballed in Russia despite President Vladimir Putins pledges to tackle corruption.  
In his state-of-the nation address in May, Putin identified corruption as one of the "most serious impediments" to Russias growth.  

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