Russia is to Start the Public Sector Carousel

The Russian president has signed a law introducing the compulsory rotation of government officials. The purpose of the rotation is to combat corruption by limiting the time that a civil servant may be in office - a regime similar to that which exists in many countries in relation to diplomatic personnel.

Bureaucrats will be forced to move to a new post every 3-5 years. The pay, and other perks, on the new place shouldn’t be less than before. Plus, the state will foot the bill of relocation for the official and his or her family.

Taking into account the huge number of civil servants in Russia - incommensurate with the diplomatic corps of any existing state - this may well be the case when good intentions lead straight to hell.