12 Nov 2009 13:37

Problem of corruption cannot be solved by imprisonments alone

MOSCOW. Nov 12 (Interfax) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says the problem of corruption in Russia cannot be solved by imprisonments alone.

"The problem cannot be solved by imprisonments alone, but imprisonments are needed," Medvedev said in his address to the Federal Assembly.

Medvedev recalled that over 4,500 corruption-related cases were considered in the first six months of this year. Among the people convicted for corruption are 532 public and local self-government officials and over 700 law enforcement officials.

"These figures, unfortunately, indicate the scale of corruption plaguing our society," Medvedev said.