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Russia will not give up its priority economic and social-oriented tasks
Russia will not give up its priority economic and social-oriented tasks despite the financial crisis, President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday in a video address posted on the Kremlin website.

Summing up the year since his election as Russia's president, Medvedev said: "If we speak about economics, then without doubt the most important aspect is the financial crisis that has affected practically all developed countries."

"In this connection I would like to once again say that I have considered and consider our country's stable social and economic development one of my key tasks on the post of president," he said.

Medvedev said it is necessary to consecutively implement all outlined solutions to correct the demographic situation in the country. "Of course they [solutions] will have to be adapted to the crisis situation, but it does not mean they will have to be stopped."

He also said Russia will keep implementing programs to develop healthcare and housing construction.

Medvedev said that one of Russia's ambitious tasks - to make Moscow a global financial center - should not be given up either, although it is not a priority task for now.

The Russian leader said he will hold a session of the anti-corruption council next week.

"The topic I have paid and intend to keep paying close attention to is the fight against corruption... Next week I will hold a session of the anti-corruption council," he said.

The Russian prosecutor general said in February that some 3,700 corruption-related criminal cases had been opened in Russia during 2008.

Medvedev made the fight against corruption one of his top priorities soon after his inauguration last May, signing a decree to set up a presidential anti-corruption council just two weeks after he was sworn in.

He approved a plan to counter the problem in July 2008, proposing that special units be created in every branch of government. In line with the plan, Russian military officers, customs officials, judges and police would also have to declare their property.


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