Putin chairs meeting on fighting corruption

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has chaired a meeting on fighting corruption following a check of officials' incomes launched by the Kremlin.

Putin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, said after Wednesday's meeting that eight top officials, including two senior military officers, were fired recently after a check of their income declarations. Ivanov, who is in charge of anti-corruption effort, said 1.5 million officials nationwide submitted their income declarations this year, and 200 lost their jobs following inquiries. He says checks will continue and "there can't be any untouchables."

For the first time this year, officials were requested to declare their expenditures if they spent more than their three-year income in a single year. Ivanov said 14,400 such officials submitted such declarations this year; of 600 checked so far, 20 raised suspicions.

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