Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Meanwhile

German Gref is actually encouraging an increase in police salaries. He also thinks that creating another bureaucracy would solve this problem. I think he is right on the first, and wrong on the second. Well, actually, I think that they may not have a choice if they really want to protect small businesses from the police.

Quotes from the article:

"It's a vicious circle," Gref said, Itar-Tass reported. "Police still get only a few thousand rubles [about $100] per month -- and this drives them [to carry out inspections]," he said.

Under current Russian law, the police are authorized to carry out inspections at consumer markets. The practice is a source of widespread abuse of powers and corruption.

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