The Interior Ministry, Investigative Committee, and Prosecutor General’s Office presented reports on the results of anti-corruption activity in 2011. The law enforcement agencies registered more than 11,000 bribery cases over the year.
The priority for the law enforcement agencies was to detect and suppress the biggest and most systemic crimes, including corruption involving senior public officials with broad powers.
In 2011, criminal cases were opened against four current and former deputy regional governors, four members of regional legislative assemblies, 16 regional government ministers and their deputies, and 13 deputy heads of regional executive bodies.
The biggest numbers of crimes against the interests of state authority, public service and local government were in the public administration (11,000), healthcare (6,700), and education (6,600) sectors.
The Council Presidium instructed the law enforcement agencies to draw up a comprehensive package of additional measures to raise effectiveness in detecting and investigating corruption cases, and stressed in particular the need to improve organisation of expert reports in corruption-related criminal cases.
The meeting paid particular attention to the Justice Ministry’s draft concept for anti-corruption coordination between the state authorities, local self-government bodies, and civil society institutions over the period to 2014
The draft concept’s main objectives are to put in place the right conditions and means for effective coordination between the state authorities, local government bodies, and civil society institutions in anti-corruption work and fostering rejection of corruption in society in general.
The Presidium members made a number of proposals to broaden civil society participation in developing state anti-corruption policy and sent the Justice Ministry draft concept back for further elaboration with civil society involvement.