Remarks by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, head of the Russian delegation at the opening of the exhibition Russia against Corruption on the sidelines of the seventh session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Cor

Friday, 10 November 2017 07:01

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the opening of the exhibition Russia against Corruption.

It is common knowledge that corruption threatens the rule of law, democracy and human rights, that it violates the principles of equality and social justice, and undermines the stability of democratic institutions and the moral foundation of society.

The main threat of corruption as an anti-state and socially dangerous phenomenon lies in its destructive impact on the principles of the state system and constitutional foundations of legal regulation of society’s life.

It is precisely society’s tolerance towards everyday manifestations of corrupt behaviour that largely makes corruption such a widespread phenomenon. Corruption erodes public morals, cultivates avidity, greed and violence, and makes people ignore the law. Corruption always involves two sides, at the least, and this always presents the parties to corruption with the problem of moral choice. Objective information, knowledge, graphic examples of negative consequences and a clear position of the state and society as a whole are needed to make this choice more sensible and well thought out.

The main tasks of the 2016−2017 National Anti-Corruption Plan, approved by the President of the Russian Federation, include more effective awareness-raising and educational measures aiming to create an atmosphere of intolerance towards manifestations of corruption in society. Under the plan, state and administrative agencies, research agencies, and public and non-governmental organisations hold educational events and social anti-corruption advertising competitions that aim to raise public awareness of Russian legislation’s anti-corruption requirements as regards the behaviour of persons holding state and municipal positions and to encourage people to comply with the norms of anti-corruption behaviour and to create an atmosphere of intolerance towards manifestations of corruption in society.

Russia attaches great significance to anti-corruption cooperation under the auspices of the UN, primarily in line with mechanisms created by the UN Convention against Corruption. As you know, Russia hosted the sixth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption in St Petersburg two years ago.

We are happy to present the Russia against Corruption exhibition on the sidelines of the seventh session of the Conference. The exhibition features works of the Novy Vzglyad (New Look) All-Russian Youth Competition of Social Advertising. The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, the Interior Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the Investigative Committee, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations took part in the preparations for the exhibition.

Apart from visuak propaganda materials, you can see here useful information about Russian anti-corruption legislation, its enforcement, methodological and teaching aids, and you may take these materials with you.

Members of the Russian delegation taking part in the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption will be happy to reply to all possible questions regarding anti-corruption efforts in Russia and the Russian Federation’s involvement in international anti-corruption cooperation during the opening of the exhibition Russia against Corruption and in the following days.

Thank you.

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