Action against economic crime


“Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation from Corrupt Practices – PRECOP RF"


The Russian authorities have expressed concern that corruption and bureaucratic pressure on business is one of the main causes which hinders national economic growth and development in the country. It has also been recognized that raiding practices are carried out with the participation of bureaucratic structures or individual officials interested in gaining control of a business. Through the joint project on the “Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation from Corrupt Practices” - PRECOP RF - the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) in cooperation with the Business Ombudsman’s Office in the Russian Federation and other stakeholder institutions aims to facilitate and contribute to the implementation of mechanisms to prevent corrupt practices affecting the business sector in the Russian Federation. Specifically, the project will strengthen the capacity of the Business Ombudsman institutions and other authorities involved in protecting the rights of entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation from corrupt practices.

The project on “Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation from Corrupt Practices” is a joint action of the European Union and the Council of Europe. The project is implemented by the Council of Europe and has a foreseen length of 36 months starting from January 2013. The total amount of the budget is 1.3 million EUR jointly contributed by the EU Delegation in the Russian Federation and the Council of Europe.

Following are the expected results:
1) Institutions of regional and public Ombudsmen are informed about the role, objectives and competencies of the Ombudsman for the Protection of Entrepreneurs’ Rights under the President of the Russian Federation and international standards and practices of comparable institutions
2) Overview of good practices in CoE member-states and proposals for protecting whistle-blowers in the area of corruption are available
3) Proposals are available to strengthen measures to prevent the misuse of public authorities corporate in conflicts, eliminating competition and forced takeovers
4) Practice of pro bono legal assistance in the protection of the rights of entrepreneurs is expanded
5) Proposals are available on resolving systemic problems of entrepreneurship for the Experts’ Council under the Ombudsman for the Protection of Entrepreneurs’ Rights under the President of the Russian Federation
6) Awareness of the business community is raised with regard to the risks of infringement of entrepreneurial rights and possible methods for their protection
7) ECtHR-case law relevant to entrepreneurs rights and related corrupt practices is made available and disseminated


PRECOP-RF project:  Closing Conference
(Moscow, Russian Federation, 11 December 2015)

The Closing Conference of the project on “Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation from Corrupt Practices” took place on 11 December 2015 in Moscow, Russian Federation and was attended by more than 125 participants representing the office of the Federal Ombudsman for the Protection of Entrepreneurs Rights, Regional Ombudspersons for Protection of Entrepreneurs Rights, Business Associations, Legal Associations and representatives of the EU Delegation.
The Closing Conference was an opportunity for Regional Business Ombudspersons to assess impact of project activities at the regional level; to take stock on the status of the Recommendations of experts discussed at various project activities and present potential follow-up project.

The Closing Conference was opened by Boris Titov, Federal Business Ombudsman of the Russian Federation. He praised the work of done within the Project as it successfully contributed to sharing good practices and the experience from other countries by taking into account the circumstances in the Russian Federation. He specifically praised the activities addressed to Regional Business Ombudspersons and pro bono lawyers. He noted that experts reports effectively contributed to shape his position vis-à-vis other public authorities. As an example he mentioned the exchange of views with General Prosecutor Yury Chaika on interim measures on detention conditions in Yekaterinburg on 28 October 2015.

Council of Europe was represented by Jan Kleijssen, Director of Information Society and Action against Crime, DG-I who reiterated the importance the Council of Europe attaches to the fight against corruption and affirmed the success of the project in the actual strengthening of the Federal Business Ombudsman institution, thus contribution to the improved situation with the protection of entrepreneurs rights against corrupt practices. He particularly praised the ownership of project activities and results shown by beneficiaries and confirmed that a second project phase was under preparation.

European Union Delegation was represented by Luis Portero, Head of Economics and Trade section. He reminded participants that the project was co-financed within EU-Russian Partnership established in 2010 aiming to sponsor reforms and raising competitiveness. He expressed satisfaction on the results of the project. For him, it was “key to maintain contacts” while there is neither competition nor disagreement on the field. As a conclusion, he quoted Ban Ki Moon to underline that corruption is an attempt to human rights.

Konstantin Nikitin, Acting Deputy Head of the State Economic Regulation Department of the Ministry of Economic Development underlined the necessity to mobilise business communities in the effort to strengthen the fight against corruption. The project has contributed to this goal and effectively supported the joint working group established between business communities and public authorities.

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Project Summary
Description of Action (DoA)
Technical Papers




Inception Report
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1st Progress Report
2nd Progress Report
Final Report







PRECOP website in Russian

PRECOP website in Russian