Articles by Maria Tsvetkova



Presidential Affairs Official Investigated

The Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation into Vladimir Leshchevsky, a senior official in the Office for Presidential Affairs accused of receiving bribes in exchange for Olympics work.

Murov to Remain on Guard to 2012

President Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order to keep Yevgeny Murov as head of the Federal Guard Service, or FSO, until 2012, even though the general will reach the maximum age for military personnel later this year.

Officials Taught to Counter Bribe Taking

Officials who are to work in anti-corruption departments will undergo special training, which will focus on curtailing the appearance of new bribe-takers, rather than finding and punishing existing ones.

Putin Offers Mild Punishment for Kremlin Offenders

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has issued reprimands to six deputy ministers for not fulfilling presidential orders in a timely fashion, a Kremlin spokeswoman said.  The deputy ministers included ones in finance, energy and sports.

Nashi-Like Youth Camp Planned for Caucasus

A youth camp based on an annual Kremlin-backed youth retreat will be built in the Stavropol region. The $1.6 million camp will host 2,000 people over 20 days, and it is aimed at improving the region's image ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Foreign Firms Agree to Stay Bribe-Free

On Wednesday, dozens of leaders of international companies working in Russia will commit themselves to refraining from participating in corrupt practices.

'Hundreds' of Undeclared Emergency Lights

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has allowed a large part of officialdom to use flashing lights on their cars. But there are hundreds more on the streets than are declared in public regulations, Vedomosti has discovered, with the help of its readers.

Investigative Committee Stretches Budget To $81M HQ

The Investigative Committee is having dozens of new buildings constructed, including a 2.4 billion ruble ($81 million) head office on the Garden Ring, although additional budget expenses were never intended when the committee was formed.