Rus­sian paper to air Wik­iLeaks cor­rup­tion ma­te­rial

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MOSCOW: Rus­sia's lead­ing op­po­si­tion news­pa­per said on Wed­nes­day it would pub­lish new Wik­iLeaks dis­clo­sures un­mask­ing cor­rup­tion among Rus­sia's "high­est po­lit­i­cal ech­e­lons." No­vaya Gazeta, a weekly known for its crit­i­cal, an­tiKrem­lin in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing, said by join­ing forces with Wik­iLeaks founder Ju­lian As­sange, it had gained un­lim­ited ac­cess to new ma­te­rial link­ing Rus­sia's po­lit­i­cal elite to or­ga­nized crime. "As­sange said that in the near fu­ture, Rus­sian cit­i­zens will learn a lot of new things about their coun­try. He wasn't bluff­ing," the paper said on its web­site. "Our part­ner­ship is aimed at ex­pos­ing cor­rup­tion in the high­est po­lit­i­cal ech­e­lons."

The new Wik­iLeaks ma­te­rial is a trove of "in­trigu­ing ma­te­rial" in­clud­ing doc­u­ments on the trial of jailed oil ty­coon Mikhail Khodor­kovsky and on the paper's own slain re­porter Anna Politkovskaya, spokes­woman Nadezhda Prusenkova told Reuters. "But what's most in­ter­est­ing to us," she added, "are ca­bles show­ing cor­rup­tion linked to the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment ... The au­thor­i­ties must be trans­par­ent."

Pres­i­dent Dmitry Medvedev an­grily dis­missed as ir­rel­e­vant U.S. diplo­matic ca­bles pub­lished so far which cast Rus­sia as cor­rupt. "We don't give a damn about what diplo­matic cir­cles say, judg­ing one or an­other pub­lic process in our coun­try. It's only a mat­ter of opin­ion," Medvedev told jour­nal­ists on the side­lines of an of­fi­cial visit to Mum­bai, In­dia. "What has been pub­lished to date, does not weigh at all on Rus­sian in­ter­ests." The ca­bles de­scrib­ing Medvedev as a side-kick "Robin" to Prime Min­is­ter Vladimir Putin's "Bat­man," por­trayed Putin as a ruler who al­lowed un­scrupu­lous of­fi­cials and crooked spies to siphon off cash from the world's biggest en­ergy pro­ducer. But the few dis­clo­sures on Rus­sia so far seemed anti-cli­mac­tic com­pared with the prom­ise by Wik­iLeaks, which has un­loaded thou­sands of diplo­matic ca­bles onto its web­site, to pub­lish eye-open­ing se­crets about Moscow's po­lit­i­cal un­der­belly. -Reuters

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