Category Archives: war on corruption

War on Corruption – What to Make of the Latest Scandals?

Update: for the Russian speakers, today Kommersant put up an excellent resource on its website, with an infographic on the latest scandals and corruption generally, and links to articles on everything I cover below. Of particular interest – the total financial losses collectively inflicted … Continue reading

Posted in bribery, bribes, bureaucracy, clans, corruption, criminal law, Dmitry Medvedev, mvd, Putin, Rostekhnologii, russia, siloviki, Vladimir Putin, war on corruption | 1 Comment

What to Make of Putin’s Anti-Offshore Crusade

Last month, PM Putin addressed the Government Commission on Electricity Generation. At the meeting, Putin launched into a searing critique of Russian companies using offshore “front companies.” Indeed, Putin noted, “Taking the Russian economy and its strategic sectors out of … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Business and Economy, corruption, Dmitry Medvedev, Gazprom, goskorporatsii, legal update, offshore, PM Putin, President Medvedev, Rostekhnologii, russia, state corporations, utilities companies, Vedomosti, Vladimir Putin, war on corruption | 2 Comments

Is Medvedev’s War on Corruption Working? The Case of Overpriced Medical Equipment

By now most readers are well familiar with Medvedev’s “war on corruption.”  We know new laws have been passed and enforcement has reportedly increased.  Still, many of the new laws are often ignored (e.g., income declaration requirements).  And much of … Continue reading

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Did the Kremlin Violate Russian Procurement Law? Medvedev and Putin Rock Out

Oh Dima, what were you thinking.  Last Friday, Pres. Medvedev and PM Putin engaged in a silly photo op, likely dreamed up by some Kremlin ‘political technologist’ (Surkov!).  The goal: show an intact tandem after a politically turbulent week that … Continue reading

Posted in corruption, Dmitry Medvedev, federal laws, Law, Medvedev, PM Putin, President Medvedev, procurement, Putin, rule of law, russia, tandemocracy, war on corruption | 2 Comments

Medvedev Fires Luzhkov, Turns Corner in His Presidency

People will look back on this day as a major turning point in Medvedev’s presidency.  As I wrote back in May, “Simply put, guys like [Luzhkov] need to go, or Medvedev will run the risk of looking weak and naive.”  … Continue reading

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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