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Russian President Forms Anticorruption Directorate

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has established a new body to fight corruption.

The Kremlin press service announced on December 3 that Oleg Plokhoi, who used to head the presidential directorate for state service and personnel, will lead the newly established Anticorruption Directorate.

The new directorate will control officials' incomes, spending, and property declarations.

Corruption remains a significant problem in Russia.

The annual "Corruption Perceptions Index" published by the Berlin-based Transparency International organization on December 3 ranks Russia at 127th on its list, with a score of 28.

That's on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).

Russia's score did not improve over last year.

With reporting by Interfax