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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

State Agencies to Disclose Data on Internet

The Cabinet on Thursday ordered all government agencies to publish information not regarded as a state secret -- including financial data -- on their web sites in an effort to curb corruption.

The corresponding resolution was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and will take effect next week, when it is to be published in the official Rossiiskaya Gazeta, the Cabinet information department said.

Some controversial categories of information, including data on tenders and contracts, remained in the resolution despite fierce opposition from a number of government agencies, said Galina Bronnikova, spokeswoman for the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, which drew up the legislation.

All laws and regulations, draft laws in the State Duma, information on meetings and news conferences, information on federal programs, official speeches and ministers' travel itineraries will be published online, Bronnikova said.

All information can be viewed through the Cabinet's web site at www.government.ru, which has links to the sites of all ministries and agencies.

The Cabinet also announced Thursday that it had begun a large-scale project to sell off state companies.

Kasyanov said the government should maintain control only of those companies that "are involved in carrying out the tasks spelt out in the Constitution," Prime-Tass reported.

First Deputy Property Minister Alexander Braverman said some 1,500 new state companies were created last year, bringing the total number to 37,000.