NGOs and the nervous reaction of the authorities

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The Center for Anti-Corruption Research and Initiatives “Transparency International – Russia” today published a report on its work in 2012, as well as in November-December 2011.

The center provided a description of all projects during the year, including public control of the police, monitoring of income and property declarations of public officials, control over the expenses of State Duma deputies, participation in the Open Government Partnership and many others. The report also contains the latest Public Sector Corruption Perceptions Index in Russia, the most famous study of the international anti-corruption network Transparency International..

In the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2012, Russia scored 28 points and took 133rd place out of 174 possible. According to the Center, in 2013, thanks to the new methodology for calculating the Index, it will be possible to compare the results over two years and understand how the state anti-corruption campaign and its continuation influenced the perception of corruption..

Another large-scale study by the Center is devoted to the assessment by business representatives of the level of corruption in their country. The researchers surveyed more than three thousand businessmen from thirty countries, working in thirteen different fields. More than half of the respondents believe that it is not possible to reduce the level of corruption in Russia, because corruption is perceived by society in Russia as a norm of life and is not punished in any way.

Presenting the report, the Director General of the Center Elena Panfilova drew attention to the fact that the past year was characterized by two opposite tendencies: “On the one hand, groups of real civic activism began to emerge and grow across the country, aimed at monitoring and controlling the actions of local authorities, at increasing the level of transparency, to solve local problems. In 2012, our new reception rooms appeared in Veliky Novgorod and Kaliningrad.

On the other hand, it was very sad to observe the nervous and inadequate reaction of various branches of government to the activities of NGOs, to this growing and more than necessary for the country and for society civic activity ”.

The report is available on the website of the Center

Prosecutor’s Office checks

The correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America” ​​contacted the representative of the Center, Andrey Zhvirblis. He said that representatives of the Moscow Prosecutor’s Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Federal Tax Service came to the Center today..

The prosecutor’s office asked for documents for verification “for the implementation of the current legislation by public, religious associations and other non-profit organizations”.

As Zhvirblis explains, a month ago the Center has already passed a planned audit of its activities for 2010-2012. Those checks were initiated by the Ministry of Justice in Moscow. At the same time, all documents on the activity were provided. “The pressure has increased this year,” says Zhvirblis.

Transparency International – Russia published on its website the Inspection Act of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Justice in Moscow dated February 27, 2013.

As the Center commented on its social networks, they “expect an explanation from the prosecutor’s office in connection with the re-inspection.”.

NGOs and the nervous reaction of the authorities

The correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America” ​​phoned the Prosecutor’s Office of the city of Moscow. The Prosecutor’s Office said that all inspections are planned and carried out in accordance with the law: “There is nothing to comment on.”.

About future

Andrey Zhvirblis also spoke about new projects of Transparency International – Russia

“In the near future we will restart the monitoring of the declarations of public officials. There will be a new website with all available information in a convenient format for the public, researchers and journalists, says Zhvirblis.

When asked whether it became more difficult to work with the state, Zhvirblis replied that the state is often presented as a “single monolith”.

“Fortunately, or unfortunately, the state consists of people. It is not impersonal. But we have found good partners with whom we can conduct a dialogue and work effectively “.

NGOs and the nervous reaction of the authorities

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