Russia Update: Thousands of Government Employees Sentenced or Disciplined After Inspections

December 8, 2014
"How can an official who earns one million rubles buy a dacha for a hundred million rubles?" asks a promotional video by Alexey Navalny's Anti-Corruption Fund in a campaign to get Art. 20 (unlawful enrichment) of the UN's Convention Against Corruption signed.

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies.

The previous issue is here, and see also our Russia This Week and feature Is Putin Really Reining in Hard-Liners? Fact-Checking Gordon Hahn’s Article In The Moscow Times

The Kremlin announces the result of a crackdown on corruption this year in which thousands of government employees have been sentenced or otherwise punished. But as anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny points out, the effort to root out graft has been hobbled by the fact that Russia never ratified Art. 20 of the UN’s Convention Against Corruption — and the head of the Constitutional Court agrees with him.

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