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Medvedev Says Poor Rule Of Law Holds Russia Back

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said today that corruption and the lack of a consistent rule of law "restrain the growth of national prosperity."

Speaking at a legal forum in St. Petersburg, Medvedev called on senior officials and judges to ensure property rights were protected and laws implemented.

"Even the best laws will not work, will remain simple declarations, if judicial institutions don't work, or if the institutional procedures are too flabby or excessive," he said.

Medvedev added that he had made progress in creating what he called a "lawful state," while admitting there was still a vast amount of work to be done to help businesses.