10 October 2004

Too secret for the Russians

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MOSCOW, Oct 7 (AFP) - The United Nations should make public conclusions from its probe on corruption in the UN’s oil-for-food programme in Iraq, Russia said Thursday in response to a US report alleging that Moscow officials received bribes from Saddam Hussein’s government.

“After several countries expressed concern over corruption in the oil-for-food programme, the UN Security Council decided to create a special commission to investigate the matter,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Yakovenko told AFP.

“Russia supported that decision,” he said. “Like other countries, we are expecting (the commission’s) conclusions to be based on facts.”

“Without the commission’s conclusions, it is difficult to comment” on the accusations in the US report, he said.

When you’re less eager for public accountability than Russia, you’ve got a serious stone wall going.

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