Representatives of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation took part in sessions of the Intergovernmental Working Groups on prevention of corruption and asset recovery
From 21 to 25 August 2017, Mr. Alexander Rusetsky, Head of the Department for Supervision over Compliance with Anti-Corruption Legislation of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation, and Mr.Andrey Onufrienko, Senior Prosecutor of the division of the same Department, took part, as members of the Russian delegation, in the 8th Session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on prevention of corruption and in the 11th Session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery, held at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
During these meetings, successful practices and initiatives in the field of preventing corruption were discussed, in particular, the teaching of subjects at schools and higher education institutions focusing on anti-corruption activities and measures to ensure honesty and integrity in the bodies of criminal justice, as well as practical aspects of asset recovery, including technical assistance and exchange of information on best practices in this area.
It is noteworthy that the useful contribution of the Russian Federation in the activities carried out jointly with the UNODC to build the capacity of the UNO and its member states in preventing corruption was highlighted during the events.
In particular, the representatives of the UNODC Secretariat in their reports commended the training courses for contact persons and government experts participating in the mechanism for reviewing the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. The head of the Russian delegation informed of the readiness to conduct similar courses in Moscow in 2018 year.
In addition, the Russian delegation made a proposal to develop Guidelines for a single mechanism of proactive exchange information under Article 56 "Special Cooperation" of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and reiterated the need to strengthen international legal cooperation in the area of recovery of stolen assets from abroad by elaborating a comprehensive international legal instrument under the auspices of the United Nations in this field taking into consideration the existing international conventions. This initiative was set out in the final documents of the event and was supported by the delegations from China, Brazil, India, South Africa, Egypt and Palestine.
The international cooperation in the field of combating corruption remains one of the priorities in the work of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation.