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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Medvedev Scolds Businessmen on Corruption

MOSCOW — President Dmitry Medvedev told Russia's richest business leaders Wednesday that they shared the blame for corruption in the country's courts, where officials are often vulnerable to bribes.

Rather than perpetuate a corrupt system by paying for favorable court rulings, executives have an obligation to report the abuses, Medvedev said.

The sharp exchange came during a televised Kremlin meeting where the president solicited ideas from about 30 tycoons for a strategy on leading Russia out of the current economic crisis.

Medvedev also lectured them on the role he expected them to play, including investing their profits in Russia rather than in foreign companies.

Metals magnate Oleg Deripaska complained of the difficulty of doing business because of intermediaries used by courts, "without which it is impossible to receive a fair ruling."

"Everyone knows that for this you have to pay," he said.

Medvedev called this system "the highest form of corruption," but said it was being perpetuated by businesses. "In this situation a businessman's duty is to file a complaint to prosecutors, the Interior Ministry, the Federal Security Service," the president said.

A former law professor, Medvedev has promised to clean up Russia's politically compromised, corruption-tainted judicial system. He has expressed frustration over the lack of progress.