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Russia’s corruption is invincible

February 22, 2012, 12:52 UTC+3
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Realistically, the fight against corruption in most Russia’s regions failed, Russia’s Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika said at a meeting of the authority on Tuesday. Experts are ready to share this view: the system's  corruption is still  invincible. The new National Plan to fight corruption in 2012-2013 may be considered in March-April only.

Chaika reported that in some regions the corruption fight failed, Rossiiskaya Gazeta writes. For example, the Tver region revealed only 22 cases of receiving a bribe, and the Lipetsk region – only 19. The number of revealed bribe giving was slightly higher, but, the chief prosecutor said, the algorithm of law enforces about such cases is well known. “At first detention on the edge of a provocation for a scanty bribe, then – a special order of actions and finally – a liberal verdict. This is clearly a substitution of a realistic fight against bribery with formation of statistics,” Chaika said.

Kommersant quotes Chaika’s statement saying that from the first six months of 2011 /at a similar meeting of prosecutors the insufficient fight against corruption was criticised reasonably “the situation has not improved.” Besides, he blamed the colleagues of the decline by a third of revealed cases of bribery and the decline by 18 percent in 2011 of registered corruption crimes.

Chaika’s conclusions about the image of real work correlate with the conclusions of the director of the Transparency International – Russia centre Elena Panfilova. “Quite a lot is done formally. Thus there have not been any breakthroughs in a fight against corruption,” she told the newspaper. Only one major item is observed – Russia’s joining the OECD’s Convention on bribery of foreign citizens, she said. “This has initiated some legislative norms. And most importantly – twice a year the OECD’s working group will monitor compliance with the convention in Russia. All other measures to fight corruption look fine simply on paper,” Elena Panfilova said.

The new National Plan on fighting corruption in 2012-2013 may be considered not earlier than in March-April, Kommersant reports. Among other things it will include the voiced suggestions of Dmitry Medvedev. And discussion of the previous plan’s results may be followed by presidential organisational conclusions.

The Interior Ministry and the Investigative Committee agree that the situation with corruption in the country is tense, Novye Izvestia writes. But in the reports they produce, they keep stating self-sacrificing work. “Over 90 percent, or 10,150, cases of bribery were revealed by law enforcers. The reimbursed damage of all the criminal cases practically doubled, thus returning 108 million roubles to the federal budget,” the interior ministry reports. “The state’s total damage from crimes made almost four billion roubles.”


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