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Putin Advises Journalists to Publish Their Income, Journalists Say 'No, Thanks'

President Vladimir Putin has recommended that all journalists account for their earnings, The Village informational website reported Friday.

The recommendation came as part of the National Anti-Corruption Plan, published on the Kremlin’s official website on April 1.

“We recommend that media professionals and other workers whose professional activity is connected with the provision of public interest and attracting increased public attention, to publish information on their income, expenses, assets and property obligations on official websites or to publish the above information in mass media,” the document stated.

In response, the trade union of journalists stated they did not intend to follow the recommendations.

“We thank the Kremlin for the recommendation, but when it comes to income and expenses, we are able to deal with those ourselves,” a statement published on the trade union Facebook page read.

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