Medvedev on corruption
One of the first burning questions was about corruption and the fate of Russia’s dismissed Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who lost his job after a corruption case.
Medvedev said that it was up to investigators to probe whether Serdyukov is linked to a corruption scandal.
‘This doesn’t mean his work was faultless. Everyone makes mistakes. But the involvement of Serdyukov’s ministry and the Oboronservis state-controlled military contractor in the corruption scandal should be thoroughly probed and decided by court. Until this decision is made, Serdyukov and his alleged accomplices are to enjoy the presumption of innocence’, Prime Minister added.
'Today’s anti-corruption actions continue the work of previous years', Prime Minister pointed out. 'I’ve always said that if we don’t launch fight against corruption ourselves nobody would do it for us'.
Prime Minister has vowed to continue fighting corruption.
He said it shouldn’t boil down to ‘discrediting state officials as a class,’ although Russia should brace for certain ‘reputation losses’. Medvedev added that the recent anti-corruption lawsuits signal ‘a change from quantity into quality’ in Russia’s fight against corruption.
Medvedev on smoke-free law, drunk driving and open gun carry
A draft bill banning smoking in public places can be amended by MPs but the changes are most likely to be minor, Russia’s Prime Minister said in his interview.
Some wording could be changed but our overall goal is to ban smoking in Russia, the same as Europe did, he added.
From smoking law Prime Minister switched to the issue of free gun carry. He said time hasn’t come in Russia for laws allowing open carry of firearms and driving under a minimum alcohol level.
‘I don’t support laws allowing driving with the minimum blood alcohol level and those allowing open carry’, Medvedev said.
Medved doesn't exclude the possibility of running for presidency in the future
'I’m not that old, and I do have some time left, so why should I refuse myself certain opportunities', he argued in the interview.
No end of the world, says Medvedev
The PM said he doesn’t believe in the December doomsday but advised Russians to get things done before the year ends to meet the New Year in a good mood.
This was Medvedev’s fifth interview with major TV channels.
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