US is ready to help Ukraine to regain stolen assets and to combat corruption. Meeting with representatives of the Kiev public today, US Vice President Joe Biden said that his country is ready to assign 15 million dollars to Ukraine for these purposes. "Later this month the US Attorney General, who will be one of the organizers of the international forum, will discuss the return of stolen assets," Biden said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with activists of All-Russia People Front on Thursday to discuss implementation of the anti-corruption project monitoring government procurements, the Kremlin press service reported.
In the last 20 years, the issue of corruption has entered the agendas of all major political actors in Ukraine. It became a prominent factor in international development and democracy assistance to the region, too.
Police in Istanbul and Ankara used water cannons and other special means to disperse crowds of anti-corruption demonstrators on Saturday night. A number of people were detained.
Corruption costs Europe 120 billion euros a year, or around one percent of economic output, according to the first ever report on graft in the 28-nation European Union by the executive European Commission. The Voice of Russia talked to Carl Dolan, the Director of Transparency International EU Office.
Prominent Chinese legal activist Xu Zhiyong was sentenced to four years' jail on Sunday for his role in organising anti-corruption protests, furthering a crackdown on a rights movement he championed and sparking international criticism.
Turkey's environment minister Erdogan Bayraktar stepped down on Wednesday, the third in the cabinet to resign over an anti-graft probe that has roiled the government, and called on the prime minister to follow suit.
Thousands of anti-government protesters resumed their marching in Bangkok Thursday, demanding that caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra step down to make way for a government free of nepotism and corruption. The demonstrators, led by former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban, left their protest site at the Democracy Monument in the city's government quarter in the morning and marched to the busy Sukhumvit Road, in Bangkok's tourist belt.
Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare Tuesday began an indefinite fast in his village in Maharashtra to pressure the government to pass a tough anti-graft law, news reports said. The Lokpal Bill envisages the creation of an independent ombudsman with powers to prosecute politicians and civil servants. It has been passed by the Lok Sabha or lower house of parliament but is pending in the upper house or Rajya Sabha.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK ) has officially confirmed a report on resignation of Jung Sung Taek, 67, Vice-Chairman of the National Defence Committee, head of the organization department of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee. He is the uncle of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, the Korean Central News Agency reported on Monday.
New charges may well be presented against former Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on Friday, December 6, although it is too early to talk about their qualification, a source familiar with the situation said.
The Russian Authorities will continue the struggle with corrupt officials regardless of their status and party membership, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated.
An atmosphere of intolerance to corrupt behavior should be created in Russia, President Vladimir Putin told the Anti-Corruption Council on Wednesday.
Activists in support of Anonymous, WikiLeaks and the Occupy Movement are organizing mass demonstrations worldwide on the 5th of November in protest of what they say is massive government corruption, war crimes, the crackdown on internet freedom and the war on whistleblowers and those who seek the truth behind the mass media façade and the government lies. The Voice of Russia’s John Robles spoke to Christine Ann Sands, regarding the upcoming Million Mask March, an event she is helping to organize. The level of illegality affected Christine to the point where she decided to do something about it, her fight leading her to become one of the few public faces of Anonymous.
Christine Ann Sands one of the chief organizers and one of the few public faces of Anonymous spoke to the Voice of Russia, in an exclusive interview, about the Million Mask March, Hacktivism, WikiLeaks and the truth movement. According to Ms. Sands the American people have been hijacked by evil forces that were behind the 9-11 attacks and that continue to control the US government, the media and political parties.
According to a poll conducted by a US site Debate.org, 96% of respondents believe that the US government is corrupt. Yet, corruption appears to be a sin, rather costly for national budgets. At least this is how things appear to be in Europe. In reference to a recent report of ANTICORRP - Anti-corruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption”, - every year EU countries lose to corruption 323 billion euro – a sum twice the size of the EU annual budget. The Voice of Russia disscused the situation with Roxana Bratu – the coordinator of the ANTICORRP project.