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Russia to adopt special federal anti-corruption law

Russia is set to adopt a new anti-corruption federal law, Russian Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov said Friday.

The announcement follows a decree revising the structure of federal executive bodies. The decree was signed by President Putin on September 25 as part of a highly-publicized campaign against corruption. In his brief speech to lawmakers on September 14, Zubkov pledged his commitment to policies pursued by President Putin, highlighting the war on corruption as one of his top priorities. According to the decree, the Federal Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring), a former subdivision of the Finance Ministry, will now answer to the Russian government. The state-run agency is aimed at countering money-laundering and the financing of terrorism. Rosfinmonitoring was established in November, 2001, and was headed for the first six years of its existence by Viktor Zubkov, Russia’s newly elected prime minister. The latest restructuring means that PM Zubkov will be again head of the committee he so recently left. (rian.ru)