The State Duma Committee on International Affairs at a meeting on February 8 unanimously recommended to denounce the Criminal Liability Convention for Corruption, signed on behalf of Russian Federation in Strasbourg on January 27, 1999 and ratified on July 25, 2006. It is proposed to submit the issue for consideration by the State Duma on February 15.
The draft of the relevant law was introduced by the President of the Russian Federation. As noted in the explanatory note, earlier the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to terminate the full membership of the Russian Federation in the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). At the same time, conditions were put forward under which GRECO retains the monitoring of the fulfillment of obligations under the Convention, but Russia is deprived of the right to participate in the discussion or adoption of reports, as well as the right to vote in general.
“Due to the unacceptability of such conditions for Russia, it is proposed to denounce the convention and terminate the participation of the Russian Federation in GRECO,” the accompanying materials say.
Committee Chairman Leonid Slutsky assured that Russia remains committed to its international obligations to combat corruption and the denunciation of the Convention will not affect the fight against it in our country. “The Council of Europe, which has become the waiting room of the European Union, has taken another discriminatory decision against Russia. Our country was expelled from GRECO, but at the same time, Strasbourg intended to maintain legal mechanisms for influencing Moscow without the participation of the Russian side. That is, they tried to turn Russia from a subject of agreements into an object of assessment, moreover, biased and biased in advance.
The norms of the Convention are fully implemented in modern Russian legislation. In addition, Russia continues to participate in other anti-corruption international agreements, including the UN Convention against Corruption and others,” L. Slutsky emphasized.
At the same time, the Committee recommended the denunciation of & nbsp; a number of agreements between the Governments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Latvia in the field of avoidance of double taxation. Bills No. 265497-8 and No.260077-8.
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