I enjoyed this piece from bne. The government should do something about corruption however, it is worried that getting rid of corrupt chinovniki would undermine the work of government.
If my personal dealings have anything to do with anything firing the most corrupt chinovniki would have no impact on their ability to do their work as they don't - work that is. Their job is to return the investment which bought them their post, not to do the job they are officially paid to do. Added to which the likelihood of them being fired is close to zero as they are, almost without exception, former employees of the three letter power agencies. They can be spotted a mile off by their complete lack of knowledge of the industry in which they work, $2,000 suits and shoes, well what more can be said.
BUSINESS NEW EUROPE - bne Page:
Poll: Russians want a clamp down on corruption
July 24, 2007
Corruption is top of Russians wish list as the country swings into election cycle, according to a poll released this week.
The Kremlin has already launched a low key anti-corruption drive this year that has seen the arrest of several senior bureaucrats from various ministries.
The Kremlin is trying to strike a delicate balanced between warning apparachiki against putting their hands in the till and starting a pogrom against the universal corruption that would wreck the operation of government.
Forty-five percent of Russian citizens surveyed in July want the government to concentrate on the fight against corruption, compared with 41% in 2006 and 38% in 2005, according to a poll by the Yury Levada Analytical Center.
Corruption is top of citizens' wish list. Those that are most concerned by wages, pensions and benefits for neutralizing inflation has grown by 6% to 39% from 33% a year earlier.
The percentage of citizens who want prices for commodities and services to be lowered has shrunk from 47% to 40% over the past three years, and of those who want prices to remain under state control has remained almost unchanged - 36% and 39%, respectively.