President Hu Jintao warned China’s incoming leaders on Thursday that corruption threatened the ruling Communist Party and the state ….
Hu acknowledged that public anger over graft and issues like environmental degradation had undermined the party’s support and led to surging numbers of protests.
“Combating corruption and promoting political integrity, which is a major political issue of great concern to the people, is a clear-cut and long-term political commitment of the party,” Hu said.
“If we fail to handle this issue well, it could prove fatal to the party, and even cause the collapse of the party and the fall of the state. We must thus make unremitting efforts to combat corruption.”....
“Leading officials, especially high-ranking officials, must … exercise strict self-discipline and strengthen education and supervision over their families and their staff; and they should never seek any privilege.”
The New York Times said last month that the family of Premier Wen Jiabao had accumulated at least $2.7 billion in “hidden riches”, a report China labeled a smear...
Russia is facing its own corruption problems:
- Several senior officials at the Russian Space Systems company are suspected of involvement in a number of fraudulent schemes
- Russian voters have videotaped numerous forms of voter fraud – including ballot-stuffing, erasable ink, carrousel voting and other shenanigans – in recent elections...