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AMBASSADOR'S ARTICLES

18.04.2016

Fighting corruption and related crimes (By Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

Corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and related crimes are global problems that concern all nations. They destabilise economies, violate human rights, create social tensions, undermine the principle of justice and democracy. Unfortunately the profile of that issue has risen greatly over the past few decades.
International co-operation is essential to assisting countries to effectively implement the best practice to fight corruption, and to identify vulnerabilities to protect the financial system from abuse. A particular focus is to increase transparency and ensure that countries create the proper frameworks to disclose the beneficial ownership.
Recognizing the threat to national interests and taking into account the difficulties of identifying corruption and money-laundering in the international financial system Russia is actively involved in the broad international dialogue on anti-corruption matters, and is ready to share its best practices and experiences. Our multilateral approach enables us to use the UN, IMF, World Bank, FATF and other relevant organizations in the fight against these common threats.
In Russia, we have developed a corruption prevention system, which is based on our country’s legal culture and takes into account Russia’s historical and socio-economic background. The business community can and must make a contribution to this common effort. Although empowering authorities is critical to pursuing illicit financial activities, we believe it essential for the financial sector to have in place strong preventive measures to dissuade such conduct from the outset.
One of the major challenges nowadays in this regard are growing activities of offshore companies frequently used to dodge taxes and hide illicit wealth. The recent leakage of “Panama Papers” has been a good reminder of that. The prime responsibility for this lies with national governments, many of which should do more to make their finances transparent. Our task should be to persuade the appropriate island countries’ authorities to take adequate measures in strengthening international co-operation and data sharing, etc. But let’s not forget that the mentioned territories are barely the tip of the iceberg.
As James Anderson of “PAM Insight” rightly mentioned in his letter to “The Financial Times” of 7 April 2016, Panama, like other offshore territories of its kind, is a tiny patch of land that has had to innovate and adapt to survive in a world dominated by much larger, richer countries. What should be of much greater significance is that larger countries eradicate these offshoring practices in their own territories. Patricia Cohen wrote in “ The International New York Times” of 8 April 2016, that in some places in the US territory “it can be more difficult to get a fishing license than to register an anonymous shell company”.
One is compelled to agree that if the EU, OECD and the international community at large are serious about tackling corruption, international money-laundering and tax evasion, then it is high time major nations start tackling those back home. On 12th May 2016 the UK will hold an Anti-Corruption Summit in London. We hope that this event will cover the broadest possible range of corruption and similar crime-related issues.




LATEST EVENTS

21.07.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview with Sky News, 21 July 2020

Q: Thank you Mr Ambassador for speaking to us today. My first question is have you seen the report today, have you read it, what do you think? A: Yes, of course, I’ve seen it and and I have read it this morning. My first impression is that the Shakespeare’s phrase is very much applicable to it: much ado about nothing. The report is called “Russia”. But if you put the name of any other country, it will be the same, because this report is not about Russia. It is about the relationship between different intelligence agencies inside the UK.


03.07.2020 - Open Skies Clouded by Sham and Ambiguity (by Ambassador Andrei Kelin)

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's article published on the website of Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on 2 July 2020.


02.12.2019 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to Sputnik News Agency

On 27 November, 2019 Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to Sputnik News Agency during the V Russian-British Business Forum.


15.08.2019 - The liberal "end of history": what's next?

Following an interview with President Vladimir Putin published by the Financial Times a month ago, the issue of the future “liberal world order” in its idealistic version has been part of London’s political discussion agenda, with the emphasis being put on moral and political leadership in the present-day world.


09.07.2019 - What has happened to Western liberal idea? (by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko)

In the recent interview with President Putin, the Financial Times seems to have launched a discussion on liberalism only at its own peril. Inadvertently, a real problem was touched upon, whose pressing nature is no longer denied by anyone in the West. The newspaper had to admit it in its Editorial of 29 June. Its authors claim that the threat to liberalism comes from within, including President Trump and his policies, Brexit and, certainly, the rise of “populist nationalism”. They refer to voters’ disillusionment with liberalism and loss of confidence in the economic system and trust in political elites. The latter are invited to redouble their efforts to take into consideration issues raised by voters and “to renew liberalism”.


09.08.2018 - Letter from Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko to the Guardian’s editor

In response to the Ambassador Beruchashvili’s letter, offering not so much a recollection of the August 2008 events in the Caucasus, but rather a misleading reiteration of the Georgian claims against Russia I have to refer to some of the universally recognized facts and consequences resulting from those tragic events.


24.07.2018 - Eastern Economic Forum: the East is bright (by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko)

When talking about Russia’s Far East, you invariably remember its stunning natural beauty, abundance in natural resources and vast territories. But when one thinks of its investments prospects, you also invariably remember its harsh climate, low average population density and the lack of transport and other infrastructure. But now the situation is changing fundamentally. The region is undergoing a huge and qualitative revival. The development of the region has been declared one of the national priorities for Russia. In the last 5 years 18 advanced development zones and 5 free ports have been established in the Russian Far East. Long-term tax exemptions have been provided for large investment projects. Paperless e-visas for visitors of Vladivostok are available for citizens of 18 countries.


03.05.2018 - SALISBURY: A CLASSIFIED CASE (by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko)

On 4 March 2018 two Russian citizens Sergei and Yulia Skripal were reportedly poisoned in Salisbury, Wiltshire with the toxic chemical named A-234 under the British classification. On 12 March Foreign Secretary Johnson summoned me to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and said that Russia was “highly likely” responsible for the attack. He invited us to respond by the next day, whether this had been a direct act by the state or Russia had lost control over this nerve agent. The incident had international repercussions, including expulsion of 150 Russian diplomats from 28 countries, notwithstanding the fact that the charges were based on assumptions and unverifiable intelligence. The Western countries lost the same number of Moscow-based staff. Meanwhile, the British government provided no evidence either to the public, its allies or Russia. Subsequent events revealed that no proof of Russia’s involvement existed. On 1 May, National Security adviser Sir Mark Sedwill confirmed that (despite a number of previous leaks) no suspect had been identified, a statement that speaks for itself.


14.02.2018 - The international community needs a unified legal base to combat information crimes (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

Amid the rapid advance in technologies we face a growing number of cyber-crimes: in 2016, these offences caused damage of $445 billion and by 2020, according to experts, this figure can reach up to $3 trillion, exceeding the overall income received from the Internet.


26.01.2018 - UNGA: Glorification of Nazism must stop (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

In December the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the traditional resolution on “Combating the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance”. It was supported by an overwhelming majority of UN Member States: 133 states voted for this document, 57 became its co-sponsors, and only Ukraine and the United States voted against.



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