|Lots of empty seats on international flights out of Moscow in the future?|
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Russian diplomacy is advancing on a broad front. If this new Russian initiative succeeds, there will be plenty of empty seats on international flights out of Moscow:
Russia has asked G20 members to create a special body authorized to block officials' rights to international travel if they are suspected of corruption. The proposal is part of Russia’s anti-corruption strategy.
Mr. Dmitry Feoktistov, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's New Challenges and Threats Department, gave the following details to the Moscow Times:
"So far, the network exists only on paper. Essential aspects are still to be defined, for instance, how the network will work and who should be considered a corrupt official [either a convicted felon or a person suspected of corruption],"
The deputy director is presumably right now busy defining whether Vladimir Putin should be allowed to make one last trip before his rights to international travel are blocked.