НАСТОЯЩИЙ МАТЕРИАЛ (ИНФОРМАЦИЯ) ПРОИЗВЕДЕН, РАСПРОСТРАНЕН И (ИЛИ) НАПРАВЛЕН ИНОСТРАННЫМ АГЕНТОМ АНО "ЦЕНТР "ТИ-Р"
After the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Telecom scandal, and considering the findings of the latest Exporting Corruption report by TI, we call on the Investigative Committee of Russia to enforce the national laws against foreign bribery.
According to the new Exporting Corruption report by Transparency International, in the period 2018-2021 Russia opened only one investigation, commenced no cases and concluded no cases of foreign bribery. The report puts Russia in the category of countries with little to no enforcement of law against foreign bribery.
Meanwhile at least two foreign bribery cases involving Russian telecom companies, namely MTS and VimpelCom, gained global prominence as a part of the Telecom scandal involving the daughter of President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, Gulnara Karimova. Both companies agreed to pay millions of US dollars in settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice and SEC to resolve violations.
It has been 10 years since the related cases were first opened, yet not a single person or legal entity has been held responsible for these instances of foreign bribery under the Russian law. Transparency International Russia will file a report of crime with the Investigative Committee of Russia, which is tasked with foreign bribery investigations.
We hope that the investigation of these cases, which are already well documented, acknowledged and settled by both companies outside of Russia, will help set in motion the enforcement of national laws against foreign bribery.