Russian President Dmitry Medvedev urged legislators on Wednesday to adopt a package of anti-corruption laws by the end of this year which he considers a top priority of his presidency.
Medvedev met legislators in Moscow to brief them on key points of an anti-corruption plan that was drafted in the Kremlin at his request.
"When the plan is finalised, we need to switch to legislative work so that the plan becomes a set of laws in, say, half a year," he said in the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament.
"Russia should start the new year with modern anti-corruption legislation," he added.
A senior prosecutor estimated last month that corrupt officials were pocketing $120 billion a year.
Medvedev took over the Russian presidency in May from his ally and mentor Vladimir Putin promising to restore the rule of law. He has described poverty and endemic corruption as the main national security threats.
"Corruption has become a way of life for a huge number of people," he told the legislators. "Those who accept bribes carry no responsibility. This should not be the case."
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