Transparency International Russia, Center for Anti-Corruption Research and Initiatives

Transparency International Russia, Center for Anti-Corruption Research and Initiatives

Membership Type: National
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Address: Moscow, bul. Rozdevstvensky 10/7
Region: Europe-Central Asia
Organisation Contact Name: Anton Pominov (General Director), Denis Primakov (Chief Lawyer)

What is Transparency International Russia’s mission?

Transparency International Russia (TI Russia) is an autonomous non-profit and non-partisan organisation. It was founded in December 1999 as part of a global coalition against corruption. It aims at increasing awareness of corruption and promoting anti-corruption activities in Russia, through fieldwork, anti-corruption research and assessment of laws as well as providing legal assistance to citizens.

How is TI Russia involved in the UNCAC Coalition?

Among others, TI Russia has taken part in the joint UNCAC Coalition and TI research programme assessing the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). It has shared information with Coalition members about its work, distributed relevant documents and research, worked and partnered with other members, and participated in the meetings and conferences sponsored or supported by the Coalition.

TI Russia has promoted full implementation of UNCAC commitments in Russia; focusing in particular on illicit enrichment, whistleblower protection and asset recovery.It has called on Russia to end the impunity of high-ranking public officials who abuse their positions and to provide for effective, proportionate and dissuasive sanctions for corruption crimes.

What do you find most exciting about UNCAC work?

It is exciting to know that together we are enhancing the international accountability of states on corruption. Our work provides an important glimpse into how countries contribute to and make efforts towards combatting corruption.

What, if any, UNCAC related activities have you been involved in?

TI Russia submitted a civil society report on Russian implementation of the UNCAC in 2013. As part of the UNCAC peer review process it reviewed selected articles in chapters III (criminalization and law enforcement) and IV (international cooperation). In 2015, TI Russia has been preparing its second report on chapters III (criminalization and law enforcement) and V (asset recovery).

Public accountability requirements in Russia are still very weak, making it easy for public officials to hide illicit assets. To help counter this problem, TI Russia works with existing freedom of information legislation to foster greater transparency. It is also working to develop legislation on Income and Assets Declarations (IADs) and Declarations of Conflicts of Interest (DCIs).

As part of a TI project, TI Russia has used the G20 High Level Principles on Beneficial Ownership Transparency to conduct an assessment of how well Russia is currently implementing its commitments. The ten G20 High Level Principles cover a range of provisions to combat money laundering, which include national level risk assessments, the collection and sharing of beneficial ownership information, cooperation between national and international authorities and the responsibilities of financial institutions and other business or professions.

In order to raise awareness of corruption and the possibilities for combatting it, TI Russia is conducting a two-pronged public awareness campaign. The first element of this is its “No Impunity” campaign, which focuses on informing the public, in particular young people, about opportunities to combat corruption. It includes public lectures on anti-corruption work in regions throughout Russia, roundtable discussions on public impunity, the development and dissemination of information material, and an anti-corruption civic forum bringing together activists from Russia and representatives of 15 TI national chapters. The second element is to continue developing the Laboratory for Anti-corruption Policy, which was established in 2009 at the Moscow School of Higher Economics in cooperation with Transparency International.

What UNCAC related activities/work are you most looking forward to?

  • Reforming anticorruption institutions and agencies.
  • Enhancing cross border cooperation in tracing ill-gotten assets and their recovery
  • Promoting asset recovery, including repatriation of stolen assets and promoting the transparent and accountable use of recovered assets.
  • Ending impunity for large-scale corruption, and especially encouraging the Russian government to prosecute outstanding cases of corruption.
  • Strengthening efforts against corruption in the private sector, especially that involving multinational corporations.
  • Providing effective remedies for victims of corruption.

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