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Belarus President signs anti-corruption law

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed the law to combat corruption, BelTA learnt from the presidential press service.

The law is aimed at consistent improvement of the anti-corruption legislation of Belarus. It includes the adoption of additional measures to reduce motivation of functionaries to corrupt behavior, increase the awareness of inevitability of punishment for corruption crimes and maximally strengthen the role of the community in the fight against corruption.

The law determines mechanisms of preventing corruption, including boundaries set for functionaries, regulates the order of declaring income and property of such persons, strengthens anti-corruption measures.

The law amends the Criminal Code of Belarus, the Code of Belarus on Administrative Violations and other legislative acts taking into account the practice of applying anti-corruption legislation.

Apart from additional measures to fight corruption, the law implements initiatives approved during the public hearings of the bill.

In particular, the law envisages an institute of public control to combat corruption, provides citizens with an opportunity to take part in such an activity (including in the drafting of anti-graft legal acts and taking part in the work of anti-corruption commissions).