Mari El: Anti-corruption website closed down

Authorities in Russia’s Republic of Mari El seem to regard President Dmitry Medvedev’s call to step up the fight against corruption as a direct threat to their personal interests, MariUver reports. Their first step was to close down the website of the Public Committee to Fight Corruption in Mari El. This was not the first time that the authorities have tried to discredit the Committee. The organisation has established new websites in place of the one closed down:,, and

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