New Report on Corruption and Human Rights in Russia

posted 16 Oct 2012, 06:53 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 22 Oct 2012, 10:30 ]
Corruption and Human Rights in Contemporary Russia is an independent report by the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, INDEM Foundation, Transparency International – Russia, and the Institute for Human Rights

Russia is deeply affected by numerous violations of human rights, while the existing remedies designed to protect and restore rights are weak and often ineffective. Corruption is a systemic problem and negatively affects the country's economy and governance. Corruption not only undermines democratic institutions, but also destroys – directly and brutally – the mechanisms designed to ensure respect for human rights and the government’s accountability for human rights violations, thus making people vulnerable to the arbitrariness of bureaucrats and law enforcement bodies and to the lack of justice in the judicial system. On the other hand, there is a reverse connection: to combat corruption effectively, Russia must restore fundamental rights and democratic liberties such as freedom of expression and assembly, independence of the judiciary, free and fair elections, and others. [Read more]

Full text of the report in Russian:

We thank Andrei Kalikh for providing us with this English-language summary of the report for publication. 

Andrei Kalikh, human rights researcher, journalist and activist, is program director at the Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights. He is also a member of the Board of the Perm Memorial society.