13/12/2019 – The OECD Working Group on Bribery considers that it is able to conduct the Section 3 analysis of the Russian Federation, supplied that Russia additional aligns its overseas bribery offence with the Conference on Combating Bribery of International Public Officers in Worldwide Enterprise Transactions (OECD Anti-Bribery Conference) by October 2020. The Working Group has carried out a number of evaluations of Russia’s implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Conference since 2012 and issued quite a lot of suggestions to align Russia’s authorized framework with the Conference’s necessities and to induce Russia to actively implement its overseas bribery offence.
Whereas Russia has totally carried out sure suggestions, many stay excellent, most concerningly these on the scope of the overseas bribery offence. Because of this, the Working Group organised a Excessive-Degree Mission to Moscow in April 2019 to convey its critical issues and focus on the standing of Russia’s progress. In the course of the Excessive-Degree Mission, the Russian Federation reported that it had begun investigating, for the primary time, potential overseas bribery offences.
The Working Group considers these updates to be encouraging indicators, and it’s ready to conduct the Russian Federation’s Section 3 analysis by October 2021; supplied that the Russian Federation implements a high-priority advice on (i) increasing the scope of the offence of overseas bribery, to incorporate the “promising” and “providing” of a bribe as offences and (ii) eliminating the defences of efficient remorse and financial extortion for overseas bribery.
In the course of the Section 3 analysis, the Working Group will intently look at the Russian Federation’s enforcement of its overseas bribery offence in addition to the entire excellent suggestions that stay from the Section 1 and Section 2 evaluations.
The Russian Federation will report again by October 2020 on its full implementation of the high-priority advice, after which the Section 3 analysis can proceed as scheduled. The Working Group would additionally welcome receiving updates on Russia’s progress implementing different excellent suggestions.
For additional data, journalists are invited to contact Daisy Pelham of the OECD Anti-Corruption Division (+33 (0)1 45 24 90 81) or the OECD Media Division (+33 (0)1 45 24 97 00).
For extra data on the implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Conference within the Russian Federation, please go to: www.oecd.org/corruption/russia-oecdanti-briberyconvention.htm.
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