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"The Russian" scandal in the UN could lead to personnel changes

August 9 2005

One of the former leaders of the UN Procurement Service, the Russian diplomat, Alexander Yakovlev, pleaded guilty in the fact that he took bribes from contractors of the UN.
Russian has also admitted that extorted money for humanitarian program for Iraq "Oil for Food program. The total amount received by Yakovlev in bribes of nearly $ 1 million, according to RBC.

However, on Monday was made public the report of the independent commission headed by Paul Volcker, which confirms the need for new leadership at the UN. This was stated by chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations, Republican Senator Norm Coleman.

"The fact that the head of the Oil for Food" received illegal, covert payments from Saddam Hussein and that he had successfully blocked an audit of its own governance, Reaffirms the need for reform and new leadership at the UN ", - emphasized in a statement released in Washington, Chairman Subcommittee on Investigations, reports RIA Novosti.

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