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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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MOSCOW -- Top Russian officials expressed dissatisfaction with the tax police on Thursday and said they must improve their work to bring in more revenue for the state.

The advisory Security Council's press service said a review by a special commission had found that the tax police were underperforming, despite a campaign in which masked agents carried out commando-style raids on tax dodgers.

"Its work ... clearly does not match the level of economic crime," it said in a statement.

The tax police should be upgraded and efforts focused on improving tracking down tax evaders and tightening cooperation with the ordinary police, it said.

The meeting was presided over by Kremlin chief of staff Nikolai Bordyuzha, who is also secretary of the Security Council, and attended by other officials from the Kremlin and government.