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Entries in Russia (229)


Russia ‘bribe envelopes’ are a big hit

Image from Facebook courtesy of artist Vasily Slonov is selling special envelopes to use for paying bribes.

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Threat to peace: Kleptocrats and diversionary wars

In her excellent book, Thieves of State, Sarah Chayes argues persuasively that foreign corruption is a threat to U.S. national security because it drives people to radical Islam. There is an additional aspect to this problem: corrupt regimes are a national security threat because they start wars in order to divert attention from their own corruption.  

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Russia mulls whistleblower reward law

State Duma of the Russian Federation The Russian Duma is considering amendments to the antibribery law to bring the country's legislation into compliance with international principles of anti-corruption. One proposed amendment is the regulation of whistleblowing activity.

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DOJ asks Sweden to freeze $30 million in TeliaSonera, Uzbek graft probe

The United States asked Swedish authorities to freeze more than $30 million in assets linked to an investigation into possible bribery of Uzbek officials and money laundering, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reported Wednesday.

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Russia: No corporate criminal liability for bribes, but there's still punishment

There is no criminal liability of a legal entity for bribery in Russia because only a person is subject to the Russian criminal law. But that's not the end of the story.

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Has Putin perverted Interpol?

Red Notices from Interpol's website (click to enlarge)Interpol -- the International Criminal Police Organization -- isn't a police force. It's an information clearing house that promotes international police cooperation.

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Russia reduces penalties for graft

Russia President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow news conference on December 14, 2014 (Image courtesy of the Kremlin)President Vladimir Putin (where is he?) signed changes to Russia's Criminal Code that reduce fines for those convicted of paying or taking bribes.

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FinCEN: Andorra bankers took bribes to launder money for China, Russia, Venezuela criminals

The U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network said senior managers at Banca Privada d'Andorra took bribes for several years to help launder money for organized crime groups.

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Belarus: Europe's last dictatorship, or a great investment opportunity?

Image courtesy of the Belarus governmentI’ve read the back-and-forth posts on the FCPA Blog about Colombia with great interest. In addition to teaching me something new, the discussion inspired me to promote another country that rarely makes it to the top of the foreign direct investment list -- Belarus.

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Moscow police chief: Price of Russia bribes going up

The average cost of a bribe to a government official in Moscow rose 37 percent last year to 327,000 rubles ($5,250), Moscow police chief Anatoly Yakunin said last week.

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In Moscow, a funeral for free speech

Mourners lay flowers where Boris Nemtsov was gunned down (Image courtesy of RT)What had been planned as a protest Sunday against President Vladimir Putin's government became instead a somber march in memory of an opposition leader who was shot and killed just steps from the Kremlin.

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DOJ declination for Eli Lilly after long-running probe

Big pharma Eli Lilly said in an SEC filing Thursday that the DOJ has closed its FCPA investigation of the company.

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