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The Monitor's View A model for anti-corruption Russians

The March 26 protests in dozens of Russian cities were not simply against the corruption under President Putin. Many demonstrators also know how another former Soviet state, Georgia, has achieved relatively clean governance. 

Reuters

Of all the former states in the Soviet Union, according to a global ranking, Russia remains one of the most corrupt. That helps explain why an estimated 60,000 Russians took to the streets March 26 in anti-corruption protests. Not only were these the largest protests in five years, they took place in dozens of cities and despite the fact that officials denied permits for the demonstrations and the government has been cracking down hard on dissidents.

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