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Russia has proposed new laws allowing officials to be cleared of corruption charges if the behaviour in question is deemed “unavoidable”. The plans were announced by the Justice Ministry.
Officials who fail to adhere to “prohibitions, restrictions and requirements established in order to combat corruption” could be deemed innocent if the behaviour “is caused by objective circumstances that made it impossible to comply.”
Last year, Putin’s anti-corruption plan already proposed allowing corrupt officials to escape censure for “exceptional circumstances”.
The MoJ suggested by way of example that the law could mainly be used to protect officials who don’t adequately resolve conflict of interest issues.
Examples given include “prolonged serious illness” or instances where former family members don’t wish to disclose pertinent personal information.
Russia is a highly corrupt state. Kommersant reported a Russian general’s comments that in 2016 alone over $5bn was spent on bribes, and that the average bribe to an official was over $5,000.