Articles by Anastasia Kornya



Inspection Services' Benefit Not in Profit

  • 19 May 11
  • Bloomberg
Government watchdogs are unprofitable Ч in 2010 they spent 91.2 billion rubles but sought fines of only 12.5 billion rubles.

Anti-Corruption Efforts: Words, Not Deeds

Analysts at the Justice Ministry have reviewed official statistics and concluded that there has been no improvement in the battle against corruption. The actual number of corrupt officials exposed and punished has not increased over the last three years, though the topic is much more frequently in the news.

Officials Taught to Counter Bribe Taking

Officials who are to work in anti-corruption departments will undergo special training, which will focus on curtailing the appearance of new bribe-takers, rather than finding and punishing existing ones.

Mysterious Investor Buys Compromat.ru

Andrei Rutberg, a little-known private investor, has purchased the portal Compromat.ru, the Internet's largest source of compromising information and allegations about Russian politicians and businessmen.

Conflicting Drafts For Internet Freedom Law

The Communications and Press Ministry is taking a much tougher stance on Internet freedom than the State Duma, judging from new legislative proposals.

Medvedev Seeks List of Punished Officials

President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday asked the government to draft a list of officials who have been punished for not carrying out his orders, although the White House is saying that everything is under control.

Judges Avoid Medvedev's Law on Business Arrests

Legislation prohibiting the arrest of businesspeople won't help many of them, as courts won't acknowledge that some suspects were engaged in business. One case involves the judge who ordered Sergei Magnitsky's arrest.

Investigative Committee Stretches Budget To $81M HQ

The Investigative Committee is having dozens of new buildings constructed, including a 2.4 billion ruble ($81 million) head office on the Garden Ring, although additional budget expenses were never intended when the committee was formed.

State Overpays $3 Million to Single Tender Bidder

Intermarks, a firm with a charter capital of 10,000 rubles ($340), was the only competitor for a tender from the Office for Presidential Affairs to deliver 85 apartments for Moscow officials.

Lax Sentences for Ingush Graft

Despite an anti-corruption campaign launched by the Ingush president, officials in the republic who have stolen millions of rubles are being fined and released, with many even allowed to keep their posts.

Prosecutors Shopping for a Flashy BMW

Having received no bids on an order of a $680,000 Mercedes last year, the Prosecutor GeneralТs Office has now decided to purchase a $116,000 BMW.