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Medvedev Says Russians Must Accept Court Decisions as Law

Russians must learn to perceive the decisions of courts and investigators as legitimate for the country to develop forward, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a televised interview Saturday.

Answering a question about a high-profile corruption case that has ensnared several top Defense Ministry officials since late last year, Medvedev said that evaluating the Oboronservis scandal was a matter for investigators.

"Either we trust the investigation, the court, or we call every sentence into question," he said during a news program on Russia's state-run television station, Channel One.

Oboronservis, a state-run holding company, has been at the center of a probe into the illegal sale of ministry property by high-ranking government officials since late 2012.

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