Putin says prosecutors could do more in combating corruption

The prosecution authorities could do more in combating corruption in Russia, President Vladimir Putin said.

"Prosecutors could make a greater contribution to attaining such a fundamental purpose as lowering the level of corruption in the country," Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a Prosecutor General's Office expanded board meeting on Tuesday.

Over 4,500 corruption-related criminal cases were opened based on prosecution inquiries in 2012, Putin said.

"At the same time, we should improve the efficiency of inquiries into the legality of using government property and supervision of the observance of laws in placing government orders," he said.

In general, prosecutors should work more efficiently in uncovering irregularities in spending government finances, he said.

"Significant allocations are being disbursed these days for building infrastructural facilities, the implementation of the government armament program, and modernization of the social sector. They all should be targeted and justified. At the same time, you should work strictly within the limits of your jurisdiction and in close cooperation with the Audit Chamber and other controlling agencies," he said.

Putin also called for stepping up the supervision of the way the law is observed by agencies authorized to conduct search and investigative operations under criminal cases dealing with corruption.

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