At the national conference on corruption prevention held  in Hanoi on June 25
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Hanoi (VNA) – Russian experts have applauded the national conference on corruption prevention held by Vietnam’s Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption in Hanoi on June 25, during which a large-scale programme to root out corruption was mapped out, according to Sputnik radio broadcaster.

Vietnam is on its right track to fight corruption, Professor Vladimir Kolotov, Director of the Ho Chi Minh Academy under the Saint Petersburg National University told Sputnik.

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong was absolutely right when considering corruption is an internal invader of the country, Kolotov said

The conference gave out impressive figures of the critical losses to the national economy caused by corruption, he said, noting that the struggle against corruption initiated by the CPV has no restricted zones and no exception and disciplinary measures and criminal charges were imposed on even high-ranking officials.

Also, the conference stated that President Ho Chi Minh’s thought in preserving the Party’s purity has a crucial role in the thorough change in Vietnam, he stressed.

Meanwhile, Dr. Vladimir Mazyrin, Director of the Far East Institute’s Vietnam-ASEAN Research Centre, said he was impressed by Party General Secretary Trong’s statement “It is too early to satisfy with the achievements” and “there is a huge load of work in the fight against corruption”.

According to a report delivered at the conference, since 2014, disciplinary measures have been applied on 840 Party organisations and 58,120 Party members, of whom, 2,720 violated anti-corruption regulations.

Since the beginning of 2016, 490 Party organisations and 35,000 Party members have been punished, including 1,300 Party members involved in corruption.

Notably, 50 centrally-managed officials, including nine members or former members of the Party Central Committee, received disciplinary measures. Among them, Dinh La Thang, a former member of the Politburo, was expelled from the Party.

Over the years, many serious corruption and economic cases were brought to light and handled in accordance with the law without any exceptions.-VNA