Category Archives: prosecutor general

How the ‘Experts Case’ Explains Everything that’s Happening in Russia Right Now

As covered in the previous post, in June a prominent Russian economist – Sergey Guriev – fled Russia after investigators began targeting him in the case of a 2011 report on the human rights implications of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s ongoing incarceration. … Continue reading

Posted in Bastrykin, Chaika, criminal law, Dmitry Medvedev, Economic development, economics, Government of Russia, Guriev, investigative committee, legislation, Medvedev, mvd, officials, prosecutor general, Putin, rule of law, russia, Russian economy, siloviki, u.s.-russia relations, Vladimir Putin | 2 Comments

2012 Presidential Campaign Launches in Russian Style – Part I

A number of recent events in Russia show that the 2012 Russian presidential election campaign is in full swing.  In keeping with true Russian style, this campaign is aimed not at a mass Russian audience, but rather the political/economic elites involved … Continue reading

Posted in Bastrykin, Chaika, clans, criminal law, Dmitry Medvedev, elections, konovalov, Kremlinology, Medvedev, PM Putin, politicians, power vertical, President Medvedev, prosecutor general, siloviki, vinnichenko, Vladimir Putin, Zubkov | 2 Comments

Daimler Did Not Pay Bribes in Russia – MVD Source

So MVD finished its thorough investigation of the corruption allegations against Daimler.  Recall, this April Daimler settled violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  The … Continue reading

Posted in bribery, bribes, bureaucracy, corruption, daimler, daimler ag, daimlerchrysler, Dmitry Medvedev, fcpa, interior ministry, mvd, prosecutor general, war on corruption

Developing Kremlin Corruption Scandal – Olympics of Bribery

I have been sitting on this story for a while, waiting to see if anything actually happens and now it appears that it will amount to something – so here goes.  A few months ago, Russian construction entrepreneur and minigarch … Continue reading

Posted in anti-corruption legislation, bribes, bureaucracy, corruption, criminal law, daimler, Dmitry Medvedev, Foreign direct investment, foreign investment, Medvedev, officials, oligarchs, prosecutor general, Putin, rule of law, russia, war on corruption | 9 Comments

Russian Authorities Looking into both Daimler and Volkswagen

According to RBC Daily, the Russian Investigative Committee (under the Prosecutor General office) is examining whether criminal charges should be brought against government officials who allegedly received kickbacks with respect to public purchases of Mercedes Benz vehicles.  The Daimler story … Continue reading

Posted in corruption, daimler, daimler ag, daimlerchrysler, investigative committee, prosecutor general, volkswagen, vw, war on corruption

War on Corruption – Chaika Reports, Bastrykin Interrogated, Powers Sought, Personnel Changed

[Note: for new readers, the ‘war on corruption’ here refers to a program that performs two roles – (i) reducing the overall level and pervasiveness of corruption in Russia; and (ii) providing a platform through which Pres. Medvedev can build … Continue reading

Posted in corruption, investigative committee, President Medvedev, prosecutor general, siloviki, war on corruption

Moscow Rules – Is the ‘War on Corruption’ About to Heat Up?

In a series of posts a few months ago, I argued that Pres. Medvedev is in the process of building his own independent power base, personally supported by his classmates from the St. Pete law faculty in the name of … Continue reading

Posted in corruption, federal bailiffs service, President Medvedev, prosecutor general, siloviki