President Dmitry Medvedev has told Russia's richest business leaders that they share the blame for the corruption in the country's courts, where officials are often vulnerable to bribes.

Medvedev said businessmen have an obligation to report abuses rather then perpetuate a corrupt system by paying for favorable court rulings.

The president's sharp remarks came Wednesday during a televised Kremlin meeting with about 30 tycoons.

Medvedev solicited their ideas for a strategy on leading Russia out of the economic crisis.

He also lectured them on the role he expected them to play, including investing profits in Russia rather than in foreign companies.

Medvedev has promised to clean up Russia's politically compromised, corruption-tainted judicial system.