Prosecution demands a 10-year prison term for ex-governor

January 2018
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Prosecution demands a 10-year prison term for ex-governor. A prosecutor asked for a 10-year prison term and a 100-million-ruble fine ($1 790 000) for ex-governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh accused of taking bribes. Belykh’s defense asked the court to acquit him. In his final statement to the court, ex-governor said that his guilt had not been proven during the investigation or the trial. The court will return with its verdict on 1 February 2018.


Dmitry Zakharchenko’s lawyer sends an open letter to Vladimir Putin

January 2018
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Dmitry Zakharchenko’s lawyer sends an open letter to Vladimir Putin. Viktor Yemelyanov, who represents the interests of the family of the former deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department, sent an open letter to the Russian President, stating that the trial of Dmitry Zakharchenko’s relatives and acquaintances as well the property seizures were illegal. According to Yemelyanov, former colonel’s family members are not civil servants and therefore do not fall under the anti-corruption legislation aimed at controlling incomes and expenditures of government officials.  In his letter, the lawyer is suggesting establishing a certain platform for public examination of the charges against Zakharchenko rather than asking the President to interfere in the case.


Transparency International Russia published a first-ever study of anti-corruption programmes and financial transparency

January 2018
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Transparency International Russia published a first-ever study of anti-corruption programmes and financial transparency of Russia’s 200 largest companies. The report Transparency in Corporate Reporting: Assessing Russia’s Largest Companies assesses the financial disclosure practices of 200 companies in Russia with respect to their anti-corruption programmes as well as the availability of information on their subsidiaries and foreign branches and payments to government. According to the study, 84 % of the major Russian companies rate low in terms of transparency, as their median assessment is just 2.6 out of 10 and only 32 companies received more than 5 points out of ten. Commenting on the report’s findings, Anton Pominov, general director of Transparency International Russia, said, “Even though companies are driven to be more open.., there is still lack of commitment to openness from the companies’ owners and top-management.”


The Communist Party’s presidential candidate proposes to establish a national anti-corruption bureau

January 2018
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The Communist Party’s presidential candidate proposes to establish a national anti-corruption bureau. Pavel Grudinin put forward a suggestion to set up a national anti-corruption bureau under the President of the Russian Federation and leaders of the major political parties. According to him, this would place the fight against corruption at the forefront of national politics. Moreover, he proposed to urgently ratify Article 20 of the UN Convention against Corruption as well as promised to put the fight against corruption first should he win the presidential election in March 2018.


Former Minister for Economic Development sentenced to 8 years in jail

December 2017
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Former Minister for Economic Development sentenced to 8 years in jail. On 15 December, Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky court sentenced Alexey Ulyukayev to 8 years in a maximum security correctional facility and a fine of 130 million roubles ($2.2 million) for accepting a bribe. While state prosecutors had urged the court to sentence Ulyukayev to 10 years in prison and a fine of 500 million roubles ($8.5 million), the court took into account mitigating circumstances, namely that he has two underage children and elderly parents as well as various honours and achievements. On 19 December the spokesperson for Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky court announced that Ulyukayev’s defence attorney filed an appeal against the sentence.


80% of entrepreneurs have encountered corruption over the past six months

December 2017
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80% of entrepreneurs have encountered corruption over the past six months, according to the anonymous survey conducted by the Russian Chamber of Commerce. One out of ten respondents encountered problems after attempting to file complaints against officials. Businesses mainly experienced corruption during applications for permits (47%), various inspections (37%) as well as in the procurement processes at the municipal level (32%). 10 438 entrepreneurs participated in the survey.


More than 150 federal officials were prosecuted for corruption in 2017

December 2017
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More than 150 federal officials were prosecuted for corruption in 2017. According to the deputy Prosecutor General, in 2017, more than 13 000 individuals were charged with corruption-related offences, among them more than 1000 representatives of the legislature and the executive, including 150 federal officials.


State Duma approves the law introducing the registry of officials charged with corruption-related offences

December 2017
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State Duma approves the law introducing the registry of officials charged with corruption-related offences. The information about the officials who were dismissed for having committed corruption-related offences will be kept in the registry for the period of five years. The employer of an official dismissed for corruption will be responsible for entering the information in the online database. This law shall enter into force on 1 January 2018.


Prime Minister signs a Resolution allowing state-owned companies not to disclose the details of their contracts

November 2017
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Prime Minister signs a Resolution allowing state-owned companies not to disclose the details of their contracts. According to the resolution signed by Dmitry Medvedev, state-owned enterprises will be allowed not to name their suppliers and providers. Also, the companies will not have to disclose the information about prices, way and results of the procurement processes, nor provide the name of the winner of the tender. According to another Resolution signed by the Prime Minister, the information about the procurement carried out by the Ministry of Defence, the Federal Security Service and the Foreign Intelligence Service will not be available to the public. This measure will be in force until 1 July 2018. This runs counter to the policy conducted by the Russian authorities in past couple of years aimed at making public and municipal procurement process more transparent.


Russian Investigative Committee adds another charge of bribery against former anti-corruption official

November 2017
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Russian Investigative Committee adds another charge of bribery against former anti-corruption official. Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, accused of abuse of power, hindering the conduct of preliminary investigation and accepting bribes, was additionally charged with receiving about 800 thousand rubles from a businessman who allegedly paid this sum for Mr Zakharchenko’s holiday on a luxury winter resort. Earlier, the Moscow City Court upheld the extension of detention of Mr Zakharchenko who will remain in prison until 8 December. The anti-corruption official was arrested on 8 September 2016. During searches at his apartment law enforcement officers found around 9 billion rubles.