Rosneft chief executive refuses to appear at former minister’s corruption trial

November 2017
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Rosneft chief executive refuses to appear at former minister’s corruption trial. Igor Sechin has refused to appear in court before the end of the year to testify in the corruption trial against Alexei Ulyukaev, former Minister for Economic Development. According to Mr Sechin’s lawyer, his client is too busy to attend the trial before the end of the 2017 since he has a very complex schedule that is set in advance. Mr Ulyukaev, in his turn, accused Mr Sechin of perjury. He denied his guilt and said that he thought the bag he received from the head of Rosneft held a gift of expensive alcohol, not $2m. Mr Ulyukayev was detained last year, while allegedly receiving the bribe in exchange for the Economic Development Ministry’s consent to give the go-ahead to the Rosneft’s acquisition of a stake in another oil company.


Meeting on the application of the Russian anti-corruption law held in Moscow

November 2017
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Meeting on the application of the Russian anti-corruption law held in Moscow. The meeting orgnanised as part of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan for 2016-2017 was attended by deputy presidential plenipotentiary envoys to federal districts and representatives of regional heads and heads of departments of the federal and regional government bodies on preventing corruption and other offences. The participants discussed at length the steps towards improving the efficiency of anti-corruption departments within federal and municipal government bodies.


“New look. Prosecutor’s Office against Corruption” Competition

November 2017
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“New look. Prosecutor’s Office against Corruption” Competition. The Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation jointly with the public foundation “The World of Youth” (“Mir Molodezhi”) launched the All-Russian competition of social advertising specifically aimed at a young audience. According to the Prosecutor General, “while preparing their competition entries, the participants will be able to see for themselves that there is an ongoing fight against corruption in the country.” The theme of the competition is “Prosecutor’s Office against Corruption”. The works submitted for this competition were included in the exhibition that was presented by the Russian delegation on the sidelines of the 7th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Vienna.


The law will protect whistleblowers in Russia

October 2017
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The law will protect whistleblowers in Russia. The Government of the Russian Federation approved the draft law aimed at protecting individuals reporting corruption.  According to the draft law, developed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection and submitted to the State Duma for discussion, decision to dismiss, transfer to another position or initiate disciplinary proceedings against individuals reporting corruption could not be taken without a review of each case by a special commission on work ethics and conflict of interest. Prosecutors will be required to participate in the hearings conducted by such commissions. Moreover, whistleblowers will be provided with free legal consultations. The draft law also ensures protection of confidentiality of information provided by whistleblowers.


Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights is preparing a report

October 2017
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Ministry of Internal Affairs is investigating the involvement of managers of three Russian banks in stealing of assets

October 2017
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Ministry of Internal Affairs is investigating the involvement of managers of three Russian banks in stealing of assets. The Ministry of Internal Affairs requested the Central Bank to provide information about possible illegal activities of managers and staff of Russian banks Otkritie, Binbank and Yugra. This request came after the State Duma Committee on the Financial Market submitted a letter in which members of the Parliament asked for the full explanation of the reasons that had led to the loss of assets of these banks as well as information on whether those responsible had been held accountable. General Directorate for Economic Security and Combating Corruption is in charge of the inquiry.


Russia advances in global Doing Business rankings

October 2017
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Russia advances in global Doing Business rankings. Russia advanced to 35th out of 190 countries in the World Bank’s 2018 business rankings, from 40th in the 2017. According to the World Bank country director and resident representative for the Russian Federation, “there has been a demonstration of a sustained and clear commitment in Russia to improve the business climate for domestic small and medium enterprises. The reform efforts have been effectively led and coordinated by the Ministry of Economic Development.” At the same time, bank officials working on the rankings concede that while it does look at the economic reforms, such as improvements to the tax system, it does not measure corruption, nepotism, macroeconomic stability, and other potential business barriers which still remain a major concern for Russia. 


Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation launched two tenders to conduct research

October 2017
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Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation launched two tenders to conduct research on ‘petty’ corruption and effectiveness of anti-corruption measures. The Ministry is ready to allocate 20 million roubles to State University for Social Studies to study the extent of citizens’ satisfaction with the quality of services provided by state and municipal authorities. About 7 million roubles are earmarked for conducting research on “petty” corruption and effectiveness of anti-corruption measures, including citizens’ awareness of the anti-corruption measures and assessment of their effectiveness. Both researches should be conducted in at least 70 regions of the Russian Federation and their results will serve a basis for identifying further necessary legislative and regulatory changes.


Kazan became one-day CIS anti-corruption capital

September 2017
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Kazan became one-day CIS anti-corruption capital. UN experts from Albania and Zimbabwe will evaluate how Russia implements the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Corrupt officials will be blacklisted and the Russian Prosecutor General's Office will lobby amendments to expend the power of the Office in search and seizure of Russians' accounts and property abroad. This was one of the main topics discussed by high-level representatives of the six CIS countries during the meeting of the Inter-governmental Council for Combating Corruption held in Kazan.


Transparency International: How Russia implements London 2016 AC Summit commitments

September 2017
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Transparency International: How Russia implements London 2016 AC Summit commitments. The international movement Transparency International published the report Promise to Practice: Monitoring global progress of the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit commitments. According to the report of the national chapter of the Transparency International, Russia has initiated activities to implement 81% of its commitments. To date, the country implemented 2 out of 16 commitments related to automatic exchange of financial account information among tax authorities of CRS MCAA member states, and to the implementation of Open Data Charter. However, the commitment related to transparency of the beneficial ownership of all companies involved in public contracting turned out to be too ambitious for Russia. There is no information in open sources on measures taken to comply with this commitment.