Monday, 08 September 2014

Systems Supporting Non-Profit Organizations

In recent years, two new grant-giving mechanisms have appeared and are being actively used by the non-profit sector in Russia. The first is federal support from the President of the Russian Federation to non-profits through grant-giving institutions. The second is the allotment of subsidies to socially oriented non-profits by the Ministry of Economic Development. Both mechanisms give out the money based on competitions.

Experts from Transparency International-Russia (TI-R) consider that the distribution of government means should be founded on the principles of transparency and integrity, and include mechanisms to decrease the risk of corruption. This, of course, relates to the competition procedures, which decide the winner of the grant.

Any system of allotment of government means needs control. In contrast to an institute of government procurement, for example, the allotment of federal support to non-profit organizations is not always given much attention by the public. So, Transparency International-Russia has initiated its own monitoring of the sphere.

In October 2012, TI experts presented the "Monitoring Allotment of Government Means to Socially Oriented Non-Profit Organizations" report, which focused on possible conflicts of interest of members of the regional competition committees.i In 2013, the "Report on Transparency of Federal Allocation Systems Supporting Non-Profit Organizations" was completed and marked the beginning of our annual monitoring of the two competitions that give out federal grants to non-profits.

 
Friday, 05 September 2014

Compliance as a Competitive Advantage

radically-transparentToday, corporate transparency is one of the most widely discussed issues in scholarly, business, and expert circles. Contemporary tendencies of the world market have led accessible information about business structures, characteristics, actions, and social responsibility to become the most important criteria for forming trust. Today, business etiquette accentuates the importance of trusting relationships in order to build communication, not only in the business world, but also business interactions with the government and the general public. Therefore, a company's transparency is an essential factor in business development and the creation of a symbiotic investing climate.

 
Friday, 08 August 2014

About us

Who we are

Transparency International – Russia (TI–R) is an autonomous non-profit and non-partisan organization founded in December 1999. As part of a global coalition against corruption, we aim at spreading anti-corruption concept and combating corruption in Russia. Our activities include fieldwork, anti-corruption research and expertise.

What we do

  • Regional Anticorruption Centers

Regional Anticorruption Centers are in charge of receiving complaints of citizens as TI Advocacy and Legal Advisory Centers(ALACs). They also arrange civic actions, develop and implement regional anticorruption projects, conduct research, review legislative documents and many more.

The Moscow Anticorruption Center receives complaints from citizens and organizations which were not yet answered by law enforcement or other governmental agencies.

 
Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Recovering stolen assets in Russia

Transparency International Russia Center prepared a paper on the topic of asset recovery- defined as the process of returning public funds which have been stolen as a result of retired or present corrupt officials, members of their families, political allies or affiliates.

Currently there is national legislation and international mechanisms that ensure the process of returning assets. Among other things, the returning of assets is enshrined in Article 20 of the UN Convention against Corruption. The paper describes the current world practice on asset recovery, as well as the recently introduced national legislation which is directed at legally requisitioning the assets of public officials which cannot be accounted for on their current income, for example if an official buys a car which is not hypothetically possible to purchase on his income. The new legislation has not yet been applied in any cases. The full paper can be read here.

 
Tuesday, 27 May 2014

From simple to complicated: Anti corruption talk for schoolchildren

On 15th May, Elena Vandisheva from the regional anti corruption center in St Petersburg and Leningrad Area, held a session on anti corruption for Class 11 students at the Niziinsky High School and spoke about the significance of ethical standards in the legal profession.

The roundtable discussion covered topics including the rules of public office, the requirements of candidates for these positions and the moral choices of working in the legal sphere (high profile cases for example).

3 groups worked on preparing an ethical code for courts, prosecutors and lawyers and drawing pictures of their ideal lawyer. In each presentation, every group mentioned honesty and integrity. The session ended with an analysis of a few cases and a discussion on the consequences of violating professional ethical standards.

 
Monday, 28 April 2014

President Putin approves new anti corruption measures

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In a new national plan for 2014-2015, President Putin has approved more anti corruption measures. It seems that a considerable number of the measures are a continuation of measures in previous plans; however there are some new measures to be introduced. Given recent events, the bill also notes that anti corruption measures should be extended to Crimea and Sevastopol. This is the fourth "national plan against corruption". The first national plan against corruption was approved by President Medvedev in June 2008 and subsequent plans were approved in 2010-2011 and 2012-2013.

 
Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Russian state corporations need to take further anti corruption measures

A report by Transparency International in October 2013 concluded that more anti corruption measures needed to be taken by Russian companies operating in the international market. In the report Transparency in Corporate Reporting: Assessing Emerging Market Multinationals, companies were analysed from the emerging markets- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). According to the report, Chinese companies scored significantly worse than other countries with Indian companies receiving the highest rating. Russian companies also scored highly, notably United Company Rusal, the Russian aluminum producer, which scored 100% on organizational transparency. Gazprom also performed well. It is worth noting that Gazprom had been investigated in an earlier report by Transparency International on corporate reporting and had improved considerably since June 2012. Norilsk Nickel, Evraz Group, Severstal and LukOil were also analysed, with LukOil scoring the worst out of the Russian companies.

 
Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Transparency International-Russia report highlights key problems with state funds being allocated to Russian NGOs

amsimaging.comA new Transparency International-Russia report, “Monitoring the distribution of state funding and how it is allocated to support civil society organisations”  will be published after extensive research into how state funding is allocated to civil society non profit organisations  and discussed in further detail at a roundtable discussion at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) on April 16th.

 
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