The XIII All-Russian Conference with international participation “Dialectics of Anti-Corruption” once again brought together leading Russian and foreign researchers, government officials, law enforcement officials and public organizations at KIU. Active participants in the conference are young researchers and students.
The conference is one of the important events that largely determines the vector of research on anti-corruption work in our country. The proposals of participants in previous conferences are reflected in federal laws, decrees of the President of the Russian Federation, and practical activities to combat corruption.
Opening the conference, the first vice-rector of KIU, member of the Commission for Coordination of Anti-Corruption Work in the Republic of Tatarstan, deputy of the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan Igor Bikeev noted that this year participants from different countries, including Russia, Belarus, China, India, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan responded to the call to participate in the conference. “Today, a large number of regions of Russia, including new regions, the Donetsk People’s Republic, and the Lugansk People’s Republic are in touch in person and via video broadcast. I sincerely express my gratitude to those who came to us, who share the joy of our common work in person,” the vice-rector addressed the participants.
Igor Bikeev also noted that KIU provides scientific and methodological support and provision of state anti-corruption policy: “We work closely with the relevant departments of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan. The Anti-Corruption Research Institute has been operating on the basis of the University since 2010.”
The vice-rector noted that the University traditionally highlights and develops problems at the subjective level: “We develop and fill with a certain meaning such concepts as anti-corruption policy, enlightenment, education.”
“I am sure that today there will be a feast of the spirit of science, political and public will,” the conference began with such parting words from Igor Bikeev.
At the plenary meeting, an appeal to the participants from the head of the Administration of the Rais of the Republic of Tatarstan, Asgat Safarov, was read out to the participants. In his address, he noted that the conference is one of the key events of the Republic of Tatarstan dedicated to combating corruption. "Amazing that the conference is being held on the basis of Kazan Innovative University named after V.G. Timiryasov, on the basis of which the first anti-corruption research institute in the Russian Federation operates.”
Referent of the Office of the President of the Russian Federation on Civil Service Issues, Anti-Corruption Personnel, Secretary of the Expert Council under the Office of the President of the Russian Federation on Anti-Corruption Issues, Actual State Advisor of the Russian Federation 3rd Class Vitaly Belinsky reminded the participants that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention against Corruption adopted at the 58th session of the UN General Assembly. An important international legal document regulates issues of combating corruption and contains a list of the main criminalized acts of corruption.
Chief Federal Inspector for the Republic of Tatarstan, Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Qualification Board of Judges of the Republic of Tatarstan, Actual State Advisor of the Russian Federation 3rd class, State Advisor of Justice of the Russian Federation 1st class, Doctor of Law, Professor Viktor Demidov noted the importance of holding the conference and also presented honorary certificates and letters of gratitude to conference guests and KIU staff.
Letters of gratitude were presented to: the head of the organizational department of the Rais of the Republic of Tatarstan department for anti-corruption policy, Alexei Pankratov, the chief adviser to the anti-corruption monitoring department of the Rais, Alexander Lokhotsky, and the head of the personnel policy department of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tatarstan, Liliya Amirova.
Certificates of honor were presented to: the head of the anti-corruption inspection department of the Rais of the Republic Tatarstan, the first vice-rector of KIU Igor Bikeev for assistance in preparing a seminar-meeting with employees of regional executive authorities on the prevention of corruption and other offenses, as well as the formation of a collection of materials on topical issues of application anti-corruption legislation.
Rector of KIU Asiya Timiryasova noted the scale of the conference: over the past years, more than 3,000 people took part in it. Asiya Vitalievna also noted that corruption is one of the main problems of humanity, and it has been fought since human society appeared. However, there is progress: if in 2016, according to survey results in our country, only about 20% of people did not encounter corruption, today this figure is 42%.
The head of the anti-corruption inspection department of the Rais of the Republic of Tatarstan for anti-corruption policy, Raviya Shrsha, wished the participants successful work and spoke about the experience of her department in the anti-corruption fight.
Head of the Office of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Tatarstan, State Counselor of Justice of the Russian Federation 3rd class Maxim Skirda expressed confidence that all important and topical issues of anti-corruption policy will be considered at the conference, and its results will contribute to positive changes. Then the speaker moved on to the main topic of his report – issues of anti-corruption expertise.
Head of the Department of Control and Supervision Activities of the Department of Supervision of Control in the Sphere of Education of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Tatarstan Guzel Samigullina greeted those present on behalf of the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Tatarstan Ilsur Khadiullin, and also spoke about the work of the ministry. “We expect from the conference to develop new proposals and recommendations that we, practitioners, really need,” noted Guzel Samigullina.
The Consul General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Kazan, Erlan Iskakov, shared Kazakhstan’s experience in the fight against corruption.
The Democratic Republic of China was represented at the conference by the Consul of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, Qin Songmao. He spoke about the experience of fighting corruption after the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China. “This problem most often leads to the overthrow of the government. From China's point of view, corruption threatens the interests of the Chinese Communist Party, the Consul noted. “Only by insisting that the fight against corruption is always on the way can we break out of the historical cycle and ensure the long-term stability and security of the party and state.”
Following the welcoming part, plenary reports were presented, then the participants moved on to the sectional part.
There is no doubt that the conference was successful and productive. The participants discussed various strategies and approaches to overcoming corruption in various spheres of society, and also developed specific recommendations for further action.
The fight against corruption requires not only legislative measures, but also changes in the culture and mentality of society. It is important to pay attention to education and information work to create zero tolerance for corruption. The results of the conference will be the starting point for an even more effective fight against this global phenomenon.