Recent corruption cases mark beginning of difficult work to root out corruption in Russia - Medvedev

The recent anti-corruption cases in Russia continue the work that began in this sphere in the past years, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

"I am confident that what has occurred [the opening of the high-profile anti-corruption cases] is not an accident, it's the beginning of the difficult work to eradicate corruption in our country and, naturally, it will not be limited to high-profile cases," Medvedev said in an interview with Russian channels on Friday.

He said that the current anticorruption cases are a direct continuation of what was done in previous years. He said that anticorruption legislation has been adopted and the country has joined international anticorruption conventions. Many people thought that "this is simply a ritual," he said.

"Nothing of the kind. Sooner or later quantity develops into quality," he said.

He said that what is happening is the result of the coincidence of several factors.

"Firstly, there is public demand for fighting corruption because people want the authorities to get cleansed, to demonstrate the results of the fight against corruption, and secondly, there is the regulatory groundwork required for that,\" Medvedev said.

Political will is also required, he added.

"When all three aspects coincide, a true struggle against corruption begins," he said.

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