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    Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:48 am

    Fighting Corruption, Russian Style

    CBS News Reports: Police Captain Gets Fired and Sued after Exposing Rampant Bribery by Cadets

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    In 2006, sociologist and police captain Igor Groshev learned that most of his students had first-hand knowledge of a phenomenon they were supposed to combat as police officers - corruption. Mr. Groshev, a teacher at the Interior Ministry Law Institute in the city of Tyumen, had conducted a survey to study the extent to which police cadets used bribes to get into that institution or to receive higher grades.

    "Originally, I was not on any kind of a crusade. I was just doing my job as a scholar and as a teacher of professional ethics to would-be policemen," Mr. Groshev, 42, told CBS News over the phone from his hometown in Siberia. "But when I got the results of the poll, my hair stood on end. The situation was so horrible that I realized I had to report it to my superiors immediately."

    The sociologist’s findings showed that only 3% of those polled had never used bribes to enter the academy or pass exams, while one third admitted to paying between 2,000 and 5,000 dollars in bribes for passing entrance exams without a problem. "And these are the people whose job will be to serve and protect!" Groshev almost shouted on the phone.

    The bosses’ reaction was as sharp as it was bewildering. "Instead of dealing with the problem, they decided to deal with me." Before long, Groshev was "officially reprimanded for conducting the poll," subjected to a line-of-duty investigation and subsequently fired from his job.

    After the sociologist went public with his findings, the Law Institute took him to court for "harming the professional reputation" of the school - and won. Groshev is still appealing the court verdict in higher instances, but knowledgeable experts in Russia say the sociologist does not have much of a chance.

    "There is nothing surprising in what happened to Igor Groshev. It is a typical situation in Russia when someone fighting corruption becomes the victim of persecution on the part of the government authorities," Kirill Kabanov, head of the non-governmental National Anti-Corruption Committee told CBS News in a phone interview. "Corruption permeates all levels of life in Russia, the authorities view a corruption fighter as a threat to their personal well-being and prosperity, a threat to the system. So, the reaction of the police academy's management was absolutely predictable - instead of fighting the uncovered problem, they preferred to sweep it under the rug and fire the trouble maker."

    "The court’s reaction is also quite explicable - it supported the police academy because both, the court and the institute, are part of the government and part of the same system. And dog does not eat dog," he added.

    The academy and the court might have chosen to tone down their attack on the truth-seeking scholar had they known that President Medvedev would soon declare fighting corruption a core element of the Kremlin’s domestic policy and launch an all-out war on this social malady. "Corruption should not merely be illegal, it should also be perceived as indecent behavior by society," Medvedev said in one of his video blogs, adding that getting Russians to see corruption as wrong may be "the hardest goal."

    Igor Groshev is skeptical about President Medvedev’s powers to enforce a real fight against corruption in Russia. "His voice is the voice in the wilderness. And sometimes, the public statements that President Medvedev makes even do harm," explains Groshev. "Very often an innocent victim is brought to the altar of yet another campaign, and the malpractice continues as before. Look at my case."

    Mr. Kabanov, a former secret service officer, echoes this viewpoint. "Although president Medvedev has made fighting corruption one of his top priorities, he will not succeed unless the entire society rises up against corruption. The president may be honestly motivated, but in Russia a single person cannot win the battle against corruption if he fights it alone. Even if he is President."

    But Igor Groshev believes his case has gone beyond his own or President Medvedev’s personal crusade against corruption. "A police force where such a large percentage of officers are corrupt to the core, cannot be expected to be effective," Groshev said in the interview. "What is to be said of a country where ordinary citizens are afraid of policemen more than they are afraid of mobsters?"

    And the future of such a society appears very grim, Groshev warns. On his website, the sociologist wrote: "Given such attitudes towards the law on the part of the law enforcement and judicial bodies, I honestly fear for the country that we live in! ... I am scared to think what future awaits our children and grandchildren… Aren’t you scared?"

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/07/22/world/main5179949.shtml

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:34 am

    $5,000 for a militsya to pay a bribe? Where the hell are they getting all that money when they live on $600/m? To pay such a large bribe for a minimum wage job is incredulous. It is no secret militsya are stupid, illiterate, and have to cheat on tests, but they don't have to pay that much money for the answers as no one could. The rest of it is true but his defamation of the state with faulty numbers and taking it public is his crime. The crime of poor scholarly research and plain economics.

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  Vladislav on Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:55 am

    Vladimir79 wrote:$5,000 for a militsya to pay a bribe? Where the hell are they getting all that money when they live on $600/m? To pay such a large bribe for a minimum wage job is incredulous. It is no secret militsya are stupid, illiterate, and have to cheat on tests, but they don't have to pay that much money for the answers as no one could. The rest of it is true but his defamation of the state with faulty numbers and taking it public is his crime. The crime of poor scholarly research and plain economics.

    Yeah, police don't make near enough to pay those kinds of bribes.

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    Ex-CEO prosecuted for fraud in MiG case

    Post  Vladimir79 on Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:10 pm

    MiGs have found the missing spare part
    24/08/2009

    Defendant in the criminal case came from the investigation of guilt

    It became known yesterday that declared the federal wanted list, former deputy director general supply company Aircraft Corporation MiG's "Aviaremsnab Valery Dorykin, held in the notorious case of the supply of counterfeit spare parts for fighter aircraft of Poland, came to confess to the investigatory department of Moscow. Yesterday he was charged with attempted fraud. Previously CEO "Aviaremsnaba" Musa Ismailov, and his deputy Alexander Kutumov were sentenced to five and a half years each. Mr. Dorykin expects that it will be blamed in a special order for a minimum period.

    In the Investigation Department for Moscow of the investigative committee at the Prosecutor's Office of Russia, former deputy general director of the company "Aviaremsnab" 43-year-old Valery Dorykin appeared on Wednesday, 19 August, accompanied by his lawyer, Valery Kissin. In the investigator's office, which investigates fraud for delivery in 2006 14 counterfeit or outdated control units for MiG-29 fighter for the Polish private company Polit-Elektronik, Mr. Dorykin in the presence of counsel wrote a statement on the surrenders. The same day Mr. Dorykinu investigator was charged and to preventive measures in the form of restriction.

    The scandal surrounding the delivery of an agreement between RSK MiG and the facilitator of the Polish Ministry of Defense by Polit-Elektronik occurred in May 2006. Employees of the FSB and spetsprokuratury Moscow revealed stock MiG's outdated and counterfeit spare parts for fighter planes, which are technical passports were forged as new, as frustrated the deal at 17 million rubles. Of the money Aviaremsnab, which acquired for the Polish side parts for fighter jets in one of Perm enterprises, was supposed to receive 15 million rubles. And Aircraft Corporation - 2 million rubles. as commission. Under contract with the company Polit-Elektronik "components must be new, current or previous year's release, but in fact were the 1992-1996 issue.

    Defendant in the criminal case, which is in the same year brought spetsprokuratura of Moscow, were first ex-CEO "Aviaremsnaba" Musa Ismailov and former first deputy general director of MiG's Sergei Tsivilev. Subsequently, however, the case against the latter was discontinued, but the new defendants in the case were deputies of Mr. Alexander Kutumov Ismailova and Valeri Dorykin. In July 2008 Zamoskvoretsky court in Moscow arrested Musala Ismailov and Alexander Kutumova, and hiding from the investigation Valeria Dorykina result announced in the federal wanted list. All of them were charged under Art. 30 and Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (attempt to fraud in large-scale organized group).

    As the investigation and in court in Moscow Savelovsky Ismailov and Kutumov defendants did not plead guilty, but the court in May this year found it proved, and sentenced both to five years and six months' imprisonment, which later confirmed his decision, and the Moscow City Court.

    Mr. Case Dorykina, who came to confess, was handled separately. Now in its 20 volumes. January 1, 2009 suspended the investigation because the federal search of the suspect no results.

    As the Kommersant, in his testimony after the registration of the surrender, Mr. Dorykin not only to fully admitted his guilt and repented, but also confirmed the initial findings of the investigation that he had traveled to various factories in search of the necessary spare parts for obsolete Polish Polit - Elektronik, which acquired in Perm. According to Mr. Dorykina, fake passports for all 14 accelerators and blocks dating from 2005, "produced by Xerox, one of his friends." Then, in the technical passport put "fresh" seal. Moreover Valery Dorykin confirmed that the commission RSK MiG on the first contract with Aviaremsnabom "accounted for 15%, while the second - 17%, which amounted to 2 million rubles. However, according to Mr Dorykin, due to the fact that the deal was thwarted, the leadership of RSK MiG is urgently to renew the contract, but with a different supplier - JSC "Nizhny Novgorod Aircraft Company", which has already acquired and new components for the Polish air force, and thus fulfilled conditions of international contracts.

    It curled correspondent of Kommersant with the investigation department of Moscow, the investigation of the selected case will be completed "as early as possible in September." In recognition of his guilt, lack of damage and secondary role in the scheme with spare parts for fighter Dorykin lord and his attorney intend to apply for the case in a special manner, without any judicial investigation, which guarantees the accused the minimum term.

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    Hijacked Russian Ship

    Post  crod on Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:25 pm

    It would appear that some news agencies are running with a story re the hijacked ship last month and the possible involvement of mossad? anyone hear anything?

    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1251804476636&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=8472480

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8235647.stm

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  Vladimir79 on Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:20 am

    The hijackers were Estonian in origin. Rumours persist a shipment of weapons from the Mafia to Iran were taken place and were Mossad agents. This makes little sense when they could far more easily be shipped on the Caspian.

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  crod on Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:16 am

    pardon my ignorance here, but the mafia can get weapons of such suffistication that iran requires? i mean we're not talking hand guns or even machine guns as they domestically produce their own plus more advanced weapons. what on earth could the mafia get their hands on that the iranians would want? surely the mafia cant get aa systems???

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  Vladimir79 on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:22 am

    The rumour is Kh-55 components to get a working set from the ones they bought from Ukraine. It makes no sense to me.

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    Way to reduce corruption, buy online

    Post  Vladimir79 on Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:46 am

    Ministry of Defense of Russia will continue to conduct electronic auctions, said the head of state order
    23/11/2009

    MOSCOW, November 19. Itar-Tass. Defense Ministry intends to continue to make purchases for their own needs through the electronic auction. Itar-Tass said today head of the state order of the Ministry of Defense Margarita Andreeva, in the course of trading on the electronic platform, cross-over trading system "Fabrikant".

    "Defense Ministry intends to continue to conduct electronic auctions, narabatyvaya good practice" - she said. Andreeva reported that in 2009 the War Department has conducted more than 500 electronic trading on the right of conclusion of state contracts. The total discount was 39 percent. "Basically it was the largest purchase of food and supplies for the Armed Forces," - she specified.

    "A small yet experience has shown that such trades almost impossible corruption component and complicate the life of unscrupulous players. This is a quick and easy way to purchase", - she said.

    As said Andreyev, further military districts and fleets will be able to independently conduct electronic auctions.

    On Wednesday at 9-th All-Russia specialized exhibition "Russia's producers and the supply of the Armed Forces' Chief of the state order said that the Ministry of Defense in 2009 saved more than 5 billion rubles of budgetary funds by placing orders for electronic trading. This Andreeva did not specify in what amount were awarded the state contract.

    According to the administration, in 2009 the Ministry of Defense has conducted more than 4 thousand tender, about 3,6 thousand of auctions and tenders, and it was implemented more than 400 procurement request for quotation. Of the total number of trades conducted more than 300 divisions of orders and deliveries at the regional level. As a result of trades have been concluded more than 4 thousand state contracts for the supply of products for the Defense of Russia.

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  Vladimir79 on Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:24 pm

    Igor Artemyev: budget savings through the introduction of electronic auction will be 400-800 billion rubles
    30/11/2009

    "For 3 years, despite gloomy forecasts, the law on placing orders for goods, works and services work and benefits. Of course, all the existing problems with the law, and neproblemnyh laws did not happen, in terms of competition, this law did much and do more, "- said the head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia) Igor Artemyev, speaking on 26 October 2009 at All-Russia Conference "Reform of public procurement: the development of electronic trading."

    According to Igor Artemyev, in terms of anti-corruption public auction procedure is much better closed tenders with prequalification. "The savings of budgetary funds by the general introduction of electronic auction will be from 400 to 800 billion rubles," - says Igor Artemyev.

    Head of FAS Russia has expressed confidence that with the active introduction of electronic trading much more difficult such a negative phenomenon, as collusive tendering. "If the e-auction will be able to attend hundreds of entrepreneurs from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, then come to terms among themselves they will be much more difficult, almost impossible. This will benefit customers and consumers ", - believes Igor Artemyev.

    Head of FAS Russia has once again reminded the audience that the law on state procurement is a powerful incentive for the development of small businesses. Enshrined in its provisions concerning the splitting up into small lots for the placement of orders from representatives of small business - it is actually an interest-free loans for small businesses from the state. "This is the largest state support of small business for the last time" - suggested Igor Artemyev.

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:11 am

    Interesting.

    I figured it would be easier to curb corruption with online purchasing. For instance, you have a backup of your purchase so if incase something happens, you can take that company/person to court. Second, you know your money is going directly to the companies bank account, thus they cannot denie the transaction period. Makes perfect sense.

    Hope they do this with everything in terms of the defense industry. We all know that the money going into ship building was simply lost due to the old system.

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    Russian police arrest military medical chief on suspicion of corruption

    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:16 pm

    Russian police arrest military medical chief on suspicion of corruption

    RIA Novosti

    13:14 02/06/2011

    MOSCOW, June 2 (RIA Novosti) - The Chief of the Main Military Medical Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry General Alexander Belevitin was detained under suspicion of corruption, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

    Police also arrested Colonel Alexei Nikitin under the same allegations.

    "The Ministry of Defense is fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities," the spokesman said.

    Details on the corruption charges were not elaborated.

    The number of corruption-related crimes involving top government officials and large bribes increased 100% in 2010 year-on-year, Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said in January.

    The Berlin-based non-governmental anti-corruption organization Transparency International has persistently rated Russia as one of the most corrupt nations in the world. In the 2009 Corruption Perception Index, Russia was ranked 146 out of 180 countries, with a ranking below countries like Togo, Pakistan and Libya.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2011/russia-110602-rianovosti02.htm

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  Pervius on Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:21 am

    Russian military doctors aren't the only corrupt ones.

    After leaving the US military and going thru my military medical records I found a doctor was putting in my records he was giving me very large doses of narcotics. I never got those narcotics. I think the doctor was taking them for himself or was selling them.

    I looked up the doctor on the internet and he's a big Democrat from Ohio.

    You'd be amazed at what goes in in the US military as well. There was a senior enlisted that retired from a unit. His replacement used unit funds to buy equipment, then handed it to the retired guy so he could start a business. Then they gave him contracts to come and do things for the military. He did it poorly and everything he did, GI's had to redo.

    I don't think Russia has the most corrupt military.

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  GarryB on Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:43 am

    The more money there is the more corruption there is... corruption needs money.

    Just looking at the US budget you'd have to say there is probably a lot of fat on those bones.

    With the expansion of spending in the Russian military I would suspect corruption to get worse rather than better.

    Russia needs whistle blowers and a system of protecting those whistleblowers from becoming scapegoats.

    Often corruption happens because of poor management and poor accountability.

    The system should be modified to make corruption difficult.

    Tollerance for things is a cultural thing... if there were genuine social outrage and intollerance for corruption then it would not be so common.

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  Pervius on Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:43 am

    GarryB wrote:

    Russia needs whistle blowers and a system of protecting those whistleblowers from becoming scapegoats.




    A Company was started in the US....Nuvasive. They came out with this neat new procedure to go thru a patients side and rip out their spine disc, hammer in a plastic spacer, then close the patient up.

    It was the perfect scheme to makes lots of money fast.....and for the Government to get rid of old people/liability quick.....they knew that procedure didn't work and was going to kill people. They never fused the spine.

    Long story short, lots of money was made, people were crippled...now that One Trick Pony is over. That Company's 1st Quarter Profit disclosure said they made an "accounting change" to show a profit. Everyone's fleeing the company.....now the same guy who's in charge of Ally Financial (former GMAC) is also in Lord Abbett that just plopped down $165 million to buy a controlling share of Nuvasive.

    Even if your evil scheme goes belly up....it gets bailed out in America. The same One Trick Pony can use it's process on another Generation or some other country....it's all a racket by retired military who in America don't mind they are even killing their own to make a buck.


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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  GarryB on Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:08 am

    Truly frightening. silent

    There was a time when the people had a right to know and reporters would be all over the story and action would be taken.

    Now the big companies own all the newspapers and TV stations and radio stations so all people get is infomercials dressed up as reporting.

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    Airstrip Stolen in Bryansk

    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:47 am

    Taking corruption to uncharted heights, a military official in central Russia has sold an airfield for a bribe.

    Andrei Usok, a procurement officer with the Defense Ministry, sold to an unspecified company some 4,000 slabs of concrete making up the landing strip of a military airfield in Bryansk region, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

    Usok made 1 million rubles ($33,000) on the deal, but the damages, which rendered the airfield unusable, stood at 48 million rubles, the Prosecutor General’s Office reported on its website.

    The officer is facing up to 12 years behind bars or a fine of between 70 million and 90 million rubles over the case. The investigation is ongoing.


    http://www.en.ria.ru/mlitary_news/20120207/171201110.html

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  GarryB on Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:51 am

    Did he think no one would notice?

    Hope they find out who helped him... he wouldn't have been able to do this on his own... lots of others would have to turn a blind eye to this for it to work.

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:56 am

    GarryB wrote:Did he think no one would notice?

    Hope they find out who helped him... he wouldn't have been able to do this on his own... lots of others would have to turn a blind eye to this for it to work.

    Thats exactly what he stated.. I would hang him and others like him!

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    Re: Fighting Corruption in Russia

    Post  TR1 on Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:28 am

    The idiot made so little for each piece too Wink

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