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Dear Mr. Chairman!

Dear Mr. Secretary General!

Dear Colleagues!

Ladies and Gentlemen!

The Russian Federation welcomes the convening of the first special session of the UN General Assembly dedicated to the fight against corruption. It will soon be twenty years since the adoption of the UN Convention against Corruption, but the need to strengthen international cooperation in this area remains fully relevant, as evidenced by the special session that is opening today.

Russia actively participated in the development of the Convention and was among the first to sign it. The adoption of the Convention was an important step towards the formation of a global anti-corruption political and legal space, free from inconsistencies in national jurisdictions, cumbersome legal aid procedures, imperfect extradition mechanisms, and other legal barriers to the eradication of corruption.

And today the UN Convention against Corruption, which is a unique and universal international legal instrument, remains a reliable basis for anti-corruption cooperation. We call on all member states of the Convention to unconditionally follow its goals and principles, while ensuring respect for the sovereign equality of countries and non-interference in their internal affairs.

The Russian Federation supports the Mechanism for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention, provides it with financial and technical assistance. The Mechanism is a key international peer review toolkit to identify both good practices and challenges in the implementation of the Convention. We are convinced of the need to preserve the depoliticized, intergovernmental, equitable, technical nature of the functioning of the Mechanism, which has proven its effectiveness.

There is no doubt that corruption is a cross-border threat, and in order to overcome it, it is necessary to unite the efforts of the entire world community. Today, the problem of countering this evil is taking an increasingly significant place on the agenda not only of the UN, but also of other authoritative international formats, including the G20, BRICS, APEC. At the same time, Russia is in favor of the United Nations playing the central coordinating role in these international efforts. I would like to note that Russia is one of the main donors of anti-corruption projects of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

Active participation in international anti-corruption cooperation is a serious incentive for improving national anti-corruption legislation and strengthening law enforcement practice. In this work, we focus on the highest global anti-corruption standards.

An anti-corruption architecture has been created and is successfully functioning in Russia, headed by the Anti-Corruption Council under the President of the Russian Federation. Every three years, the National Anti-Corruption Plan is updated and approved by presidential decree. Anti-corruption legislation is constantly being improved. So, at the final stage of consideration by the State Duma, there is now a bill on the collection of funds from the bank accounts of officials, the legality of which has not been confirmed. Funds in cryptocurrency are now subject to declarations. Work is underway to introduce new technologies to prevent and detect corruption offenses.

Consistent and persistent steps are being taken to foster intolerance in the society towards manifestations of corruption. At the same time, special attention is paid to anti-corruption education and awareness-raising. Rejection of corruption should be established in the minds of citizens from a very young age. We note that more and more participants from different countries are attracted by the already traditional Russian youth poster competition “Together against corruption”.

Dear Mr. Chairman,

Preparations for today’s special session made it possible to identify the main priorities, achievements and problems of international anti-corruption cooperation. We fully support the firm commitment expressed by the member states in the Political Declaration to the UN Convention against Corruption and a multilateral approach to combating corruption. We welcome the unanimous confirmation of the importance of international cooperation in countering this evil.

More active use of international cooperation mechanisms for the identification, seizure and return from abroad of assets obtained as a result of committing corruption offenses is becoming a priority task. Russia has repeatedly drawn the attention of the world community to serious difficulties in asset recovery. Continuing problems in this area impede the effective identification and return of stolen funds to the countries from which they were illegally exported. We consider it important to confirm in the political declaration that there are gaps in the norms of international law governing the return of assets, the need to strengthen the international legal regime for the return of assets. Russia supports the proposals to develop a new international instrument to supplement the UN Convention against Corruption and to establish a clear and uniform procedure for identifying, seizing, confiscating and repatriating proceeds of crime based on the principles of justice and legality.

In general, we hope that the holding of the first special session of the UN General Assembly against corruption will not only give an additional impetus to international anti-corruption cooperation, but also significantly raise the level of mutual understanding and strengthen the unity of states in the fight against corruption.

Thank you for attention.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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