| A group of
seven Duma deputies has issued an open letter calling for the creation of a
national nonpartisan movement called Clean Hands to root out corruption,
Regnum reported on 26 May. "Because of corruption, the long bloody butchery
in Chechnya continues; the economy is stagnant; the national wealth and
resources are being mercilessly plundered; industrial production and small
businesses are being strangled; and arbitrary bureaucratic rule prevails,"
the letter states. The deputies called for a national anticorruption
movement and a purge of law enforcement agencies modeled on Italian
anti-mafia efforts. The letter was signed Yurii Shchekochikhin (Yabloko),
Aleksandr Gurov (Unity), Vladislav Reznik (Russian Regions), Oleg Finko
(Liberal Democratic Party of Russia), and Aleksandr Kulikov (Communist).
YABLOKO Against Corruption
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, May 27, 2003