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Remarks by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, head of the Russian delegation at the opening of the exhibition Russia against Corruption on the sidelines of the seventh session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption, Vienna, November 6, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the opening of the exhibition Russia against Corruption.

It is common knowledge that corruption threatens the rule of law, democracy and human rights, that it violates the principles of equality and social justice, and undermines the stability of democratic institutions and the moral foundation of society.

The main threat of corruption as an anti-state and socially dangerous phenomenon lies in its destructive impact on the principles of the state system and constitutional foundations of legal regulation of society’s life.

It is precisely society’s tolerance towards everyday manifestations of corrupt behaviour that largely makes corruption such a widespread phenomenon. Corruption erodes public morals, cultivates avidity, greed and violence, and makes people ignore the law. Corruption always involves two sides, at the least, and this always presents the parties to corruption with the problem of moral choice. Objective information, knowledge, graphic examples of negative consequences and a clear position of the state and society as a whole are needed to make this choice more sensible and well thought out.

The main tasks of the 2016−2017 National Anti-Corruption Plan, approved by the President of the Russian Federation, include more effective awareness-raising and educational measures aiming to create an atmosphere of intolerance towards manifestations of corruption in society. Under the plan, state and administrative agencies, research agencies, and public and non-governmental organisations hold educational events and social anti-corruption advertising competitions that aim to raise public awareness of Russian legislation’s anti-corruption requirements as regards the behaviour of persons holding state and municipal positions and to encourage people to comply with the norms of anti-corruption behaviour and to create an atmosphere of intolerance towards manifestations of corruption in society.

Russia attaches great significance to anti-corruption cooperation under the auspices of the UN, primarily in line with mechanisms created by the UN Convention against Corruption. As you know, Russia hosted the sixth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption in St Petersburg two years ago.

We are happy to present the Russia against Corruption exhibition on the sidelines of the seventh session of the Conference. The exhibition features works of the Novy Vzglyad (New Look) All-Russian Youth Competition of Social Advertising. The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, the Interior Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the Investigative Committee, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations took part in the preparations for the exhibition.

Apart from visuak propaganda materials, you can see here useful information about Russian anti-corruption legislation, its enforcement, methodological and teaching aids, and you may take these materials with you.

Members of the Russian delegation taking part in the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption will be happy to reply to all possible questions regarding anti-corruption efforts in Russia and the Russian Federation’s involvement in international anti-corruption cooperation during the opening of the exhibition Russia against Corruption and in the following days.

Thank you.




15.02.2018 - Embassy Comments on statement of Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad

The statement of Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad regarding Russia’s alleged responsibility for the NotPetya cyber-attack is, like many other similar accusations, not backed by any evidence. It is another example of irresponsible and hostile rhetoric of British officials towards Russia. The Embassy considers it as a part of the continuing campaign aimed at the stigmatisation of our country, that we have witnessed in the UK over the recent months.

15.02.2018 - The latest anti-Russian campaign in Western media (MFA comment)

We have noted a number of articles published by Western media in the latest campaign to denigrate Russia’s role in fighting terrorism in Syria. Here are just a few of the many examples: “Syria’s Idlib province pounded by Russian airstrikes, activists say” (The Washington Post, February 5); “Russia bombs Syria rebel strongholds after jet is shot down” (Newsweek, February 5); “Biggest airstrikes in a year hit Syria after rebels shoot down Russian jet” (The Guardian, February 6); “Devastating Russian airstrikes of retribution in Syria” (Deutsche Welle, February 5); “Russia launches an offensive after the jet is downed” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, February 5). These articles are obviously carbon-copies – their style and reasoning are strikingly similar. The misinformation comes down to allegations that the Russian Aerospace Forces are striking rebel strongholds in Idlib, killing civilians and damaging civilian infrastructure, including medical institutions. The Syrian Army is being groundlessly accused of using chemical weapons.

14.02.2018 - Embassy’s Press Officer on the chemical incidents in Syria

Q: Could you comment on the recent statements by a number of Western politicians and media claiming that Moscow and Damascus were responsible for the chemical weapons attacks in the course of the Syrian conflict? A: Russia is against any use of chemical weapons and is a strong supporter of chemical disarmament. In Syria we are in favour of conducting professional on-site investigations of all chemical incidents, something that has never been performed. Instead, the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) relied on “evidence” provided by the self-styled activists and rescue organisations such as the White Helmets which are in fact colluding with al-Nusra and other terrorist groups.

12.02.2018 - Ushakov Medal presented to the Arctic Convoys Veterans

On 9-11 February 2018 Third Secretary of the Embassy Vadim Retyunskiy presented the Ushakov medals to the Arctic Convoys veterans Mr David SIMPSON and Mr George MOON

10.02.2018 - Embassy Press Officer on Boris Johnson’s comments on the humanitarian situation in Syria

Q: Would you please comment on the yesterday’s statement by the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the humanitarian situation in Syria? What is Russia’s position on this issue? A: The humanitarian situation in Syria remains predictably difficult. Russia continues to take efforts to provide aid to the civilian population, both directly and through international organizations. As regards to the situation in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib as well as in Afrin, Hasakah, Raqqa, Rukban camp and other areas, we share concerns of the UN agencies in Syria and we have repeatedly called on all parties to stop the hostilities.

09.02.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a ceremony on the occasion of Diplomats’ Day, Moscow, February 8, 2018

Colleagues, friends, We are grateful to our guests and comrades for accepting our invitation. I have the honour to declare this ceremony devoted to Diplomats’ Day open. (Anthem of the Russian Federation) * * * I would like to again express our gratitude to all those who have joined the Foreign Ministry staff and veterans on this occasion, including our colleagues from the Presidential Executive Office, the Government Executive Office, the Russian Security Council, ministries, agencies and other offices with which we maintain close and fruitful cooperation. My special thanks go to Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

09.02.2018 - MFA comment on the humanitarian situation in Syria

The humanitarian situation in Syria remains difficult. Given these circumstances, Russia continues to deploy multidimensional efforts to provide aid to the civilian population, both by directly bringing in humanitarian supplies, and facilitating the work of international humanitarian bodies. In this context, we paid attention to a statement issued by the UN agencies in Syria released on February 6 regarding the humanitarian situation in a number of areas, including Afrin, Hasakah, Raqqa, Idlib, Rukban camp, and Eastern Ghouta, with a call for a month-long break in hostilities in order to deliver humanitarian aid and evacuate wounded and sick people.

07.02.2018 - Shelling of the Russian trade mission building in Damascus

A 120-mm mortar shell hit the Russian trade mission building in Damascus (currently mothballed, but still under diplomatic immunity) on February 6 at approximately 4 pm local time. No casualties have been reported. The building was badly damaged. We strongly condemn this latest terrorist attack against the diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation in Damascus, which is part of a string of recent crimes committed by terrorists against civilians in the Syrian capital.

05.02.2018 - MFA statement on New START

According to Article II of the Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, Russia and the United States were to meet the following aggregate limits on strategic arms by February 5, 2018: - 700 deployed ballistic missiles (ICBMs), deployed submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), and deployed heavy bombers equipped for nuclear armaments; - 1,550 nuclear warheads on deployed ICBMs, deployed SLBMs, and deployed heavy bombers equipped for nuclear armaments; - 800 deployed and non-deployed ICBM launchers, SLBM launchers, and heavy bombers equipped for nuclear armaments. The Russian Federation has fully complied with its commitment to reduce its strategic offensive weapons.

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