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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 Corruption, Vienna, November 6, 2017

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.



19.01.2018 - Special screening of the Russian film "Attraction" in Edinburgh

Russian science-fiction film "Attraction" directed by Fedor Bondarchuk has been released in the UK. On the day of the premiere on January 18 a special screening of the film and an expert discussion took place with the participation of representatives of the Universities of Edinburgh and St. Andrews at the "Cineworld IMAX". It was organized by the Consulate General of Russia in Edinburgh together with the Princes Dashkova Russian Centre with the financial support of the Embassy of Russia to the UK. A welcoming address of the Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko was read out.

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On 17 January 2018 Alexander Yakovenko had a meeting with members of both Houses of British Parliament, initiated by the British side under preparations for a short debate on the UK government strategy towards relations with Russia (scheduled for 29 January in the House of Lords).

18.01.2018 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Vancouver meeting on North Korea

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17.01.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a news conference on Russian diplomacy in 2017

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17.01.2018 - Response of the Embassy’s press-secretary to the media question on North Korea nuclear issue

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Q: Do you have any comment on the Ministry of Defence statements on interception of Russian planes near UK airspace, prominently featuring in the media in the recent days?

15.01.2018 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

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12.01.2018 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

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12.01.2018 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veteran

On 11 January 2018 Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medal to the Arctic Convoys veteran Mr Bernard David DAVIES who was awarded this military honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation for his personal courage and bravery displayed in WWII.

11.01.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif, Moscow, January 10, 2018

Mr Minister, friends, I am happy to welcome you to the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation. We met several times last year and this was important considering the high level of communication between the presidents of Russia and Iran. We were happy to welcome President of Iran Hassan Rouhani when he arrived on an official visit to Moscow last March. Later, Mr Rouhani met with President of Russia Vladimir Putin in Tehran and in Sochi. Our foreign ministries, security councils and other ministries maintain close cooperation. A regular meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation is being prepared. We suggested holding it at the beginning of this year.

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