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Russia Considers Branding Corrupt Officials
September 22, 2010
Lawmakers from the Liberal Democratic Party want to see the letter K — a symbol for a bribe-taker — permanently etched on wrongdoers’ skin.
Party deputies Sergei Ivanov and Igor Lebedev suggested the severe measure in a new law-and-order bill due to go before Russia’s parliament, the State Duma.
They say the markings would heap shame on corrupt officials and alert Russian employers so they could refuse them jobs.
“The authors of the bill believe that branding bribe-takers with indestructible marks in a visible place to show that they have committed a crime will enable employers to refuse them employment,” the centrist party, which holds 40 of 450 seats in the Duma, said in a statement.
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