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Putin Chairs Anticorruption Meeting

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has chaired a meeting on fighting corruption following a check of officials' incomes launched by the Kremlin.

Sergei Ivanov, Putin's chief of staff, said after the meeting that eight top officials, including two senior members of the military, were fired recently after a check of their income declarations.

Ivanov, who is in charge of the anticorruption drive, said 1.5 million officials nationwide submitted their income declarations this year, and 200 lost their jobs following inquiries.

He said checks will continue and "there can't be any untouchables."

Officials this year were requested for the first time to declare their expenditures if they spent more than their three-year income in a single year.

Ivanov said 14,400 officials submitted such declarations this year and, so far, 20 raised suspicions.

Based on reporting by AP and Interfax