Meeting of the Coordinating Council of Prosecutors General of the Commonwealth of Independent States took place in Bishkek

01 october 2019, 16:49

Today, on October 1, 2019, the 29th Meeting of the Coordinating Council of Prosecutors General of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CCPG) has been held.

It took place in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Delegations of Prosecutor General’s Offices of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belorussia, Kirgizia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as representatives of the Executive Committee of the CIS, the Anti-Terrorist Center of the CIS member States, the International Association of Prosecutors and the Secretariat of the CCPG took part in the meeting.

Mr. Alexandr Buksman, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, head of the Russian delegation, thanked organizers for the warm, friendly welcome and voiced the address of Mr. Yury Chayka, Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation to the members of the Coordinating Council:

“I would like to welcome the participants of the 29th Meeting of the Coordinating Council of the Prosecutors General of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Let me express my sincere gratitude to Mr. Dzhamshitov Otkurbek Asilbekovich, Prosecutor General of the Kyrgyz Republic, for the organization and the warm welcome of all members of the Coordinating Council on Kyrgyz land.

Let me also congratulate the new members of the Coordinating Council, namely, Mr. Nurdauletov Gizat Daurenbekovich, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Mr. Yuldashev Nigmatillah Tulkinovich, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Uzbekistan, on their appointments to high posts.

I would also like to join the congratulations that have surely been voiced today on the occasion of the Day of the Prosecution Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan and wish the members of the delegation of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the management and the officers of the prosecution service of Azerbaijan professional success.

The agenda of the upcoming meeting prepared by the Secretariat of the Coordinating Council reflects the diversity of the activities of the Coordinating Council and prosecution bodies of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

I am sure that the discussion of the issues provided for in the agenda will take place in a constructive business atmosphere.

I believe that a balanced analysis of decisions will be facilitated by a comprehensive analysis of the practice of protecting the rights of citizens, the implementation of international treaties, and the fight against corruption.

A significant place in the agenda of the meeting is traditionally allotted to the exchange of experience in organizing the work of prosecutors of the CIS member states in the most relevant areas of prosecutorial activity. Undoubtedly, this will facilitate the use of best practices in order to increase the effectiveness of prosecution bodies in the Commonwealth.

Based on the evaluation of the participation of the Coordinating Council in the implementation of interstate cooperation programs to combat terrorism, extremism, illegal drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegal migration, cybercrime, and also to strengthen border security, we will be able to identify areas for future improvement of this work.

It is also necessary to solve organizational issues, approve reports on the work of the Coordinating Council and the Secretariat of the CCPG in 2018, adopt work plans to implement the interstate program of joint measures to combat crime for 2019-2023, as well as to prepare for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Council.

I am sure that the experience gained over the years will allow you, dear Otkurbek Asilbekovich, and to Executive Secretary of the CCPG Mr. Yermolaev Leonid Vladimirovich to hold the upcoming event at the proper level.

I wish the participants of the meeting effective and fruitful work in the spirit of mutual understanding and enhanced cooperation.”

In his speech on the theme “Activities of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation to combat corruption: prevention, suppression, elimination of the consequences of corruption offences” the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Alexandr Buksman shared the experience in combating corruption in Russia, drawing attention to the fact that, firstly, anti-corruption standards have expanded recently, new requirements have been added, restrictions and prohibitions; secondly, these requirements have gradually spread to an increasing number of employees and officials.

According to the results of prosecutorial checks for the first half of 2019 in Russia, more than 140 thousand violations of the anti-corruption legislation were revealed; in order to eliminate them 22.5 thousand protests were brought and about 41 thousand submissions were made.

At the request of prosecutors, more than 33 thousand officials were brought to disciplinary responsibility, more than 4 thousand people - to administrative. Based on the material resulted from prosecutorial checks, investigative authorities opened almost 2 thousand criminal cases.

An effective means of combating corruption is the use of disciplinary action in the form of dismissal due to the loss of trust. Only as a result of prosecutorial intervention, more than 469 officials were dismissed due to the loss of trust this year, and for the whole 2018 - 1303 officials.

For the first half of 2019, Russian prosecutors examined almost 1 million regulatory acts and their drafts, in which about 50 thousand corruption factors were revealed.

In 2019, prosecutors initiated 160 procedures aimed at the control for officials' expenses, as a result of which 38 claims amounted to more than 17 billion roubles were filed to the court.

Moreover, for 6 months of 2019 in Russia, based on the decisions of prosecutors, 187 legal entities were brought to administrative responsibility for corruption offenses, fined in the amount of 500 million roubles. At the same time, 138 million rubles have already been collected.

In conclusion, Mr. Alexander Buksman called on colleagues from the CIS countries to continue fruitful cooperation and all possible assistance in suppressing cross-border corruption activity.

The meeting participants paid special attention to the issues of the crime rate in the CIS, the implementation of cooperation programs of the CIS member states, work to ensure the protection of human rights and freedoms, and the practical implementation of international treaties in combating crime.

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