Council for Countering Corruption Presidium meeting 2017-06-27 18:00:00 The Kremlin, Moscow Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino chaired a regular meeting of the Presidential Council for Countering Corruption Presidium. Head of the Presidential Directorate for Countering Corruption Oleg Plokhoi, Minister of Labour and Social Protection Maxim Topilin, and Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Buksman reported on the practice of exposing and resolving conflicts of interest. The Council Presidium gave specific instructions on improving methodological assistance for the activities of state agencies to prevent conflicts of interest. Chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, Deputy Minister of the Interior Mikhail Vanichkin and Director of the Federal Bailiff Service and Chief Bailiff of Russia Dmitry Aristov presented information on the activities to reimburse the damage caused by corruption crimes and the practice of collecting fines for such crimes. The meeting participants noted the need to strengthen the coordination of the freezing of finances of individuals suspected of and charged with corruption crimes. Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov and State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Education and Science Pavel Zenkovich updated the Presidium on efforts to raise anti-corruption awareness and interaction with civil institutions in this regard. It was proposed that the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Justice take measures to increase the efficiency of work to organise anti-corruption awareness efforts. The meeting participants also discussed a number of proposals on improving anti-corruption laws, including those to toughen the penalty for abuse of power when implementing the state defence order.