In his speech at the 10th Eurasian Anti-Corruption Forum Constitutional and Legal Guidelines for Countering Corruption, Sergei Pospelov, Executive Secretary of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization noted: “Modern global integration processes force us to consider corruption as a form of organized transnational crime.” “It is quite obvious that transnational crime, including ‘illicit trafficking of drugs and weapons, smuggling of other illegal goods, human trafficking and laundering of proceeds from dangerous crimes’ thrive on corruption, which, as it is well known, has always been part of the arsenal of hybrid wars,” he noted.
The CSTO has gone beyond the classical understanding of the concept of security, the CSTO PA Executive Secretary stated. Today it is not only defence and counteraction to terrorism, but also economic and digital security, including anticorruption security.
Corruption is gradually acquiring “new and newest transnational forms,” merging with terrorist activities, crimes against migrants, identity fraud and now the cyberspace, said Sergei Pospelov.
The CSTO PA Executive Secretary recalled that within the CSTO framework, the tasks of countering organized crime are included in the strategic goal of ensuring collective security and are considered among the most important in the political sphere, as well as in the area of countering transnational challenges and threats.
Sergei Pospelov noted many years of fruitful cooperation in the area of anti-corruption model lawmaking with the law enforcement and security agencies of the CSTO Member States, their subordinate academic institutions in general, as well as directly with researches from profile departments of the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation in particular.
CSTO PA Executive Secretary took this opportunity to express his heartfelt gratitude to the representatives of the Institute and personally to its Director Talia Khabrieva for the many years of successful cooperation in model lawmaking.
At least 15 of the 69 model legislative acts adopted during the almost 15-year history of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly are directly related to the legislative support of various aspects of anti-corruption activities. For example, the Recommendations on the Assessment of Propensity for Corruption of Public and Municipal Offices in the CSTO Member States adopted at the 10th Plenary Session of the CSTO PA on October 13, 2017; in addition, a number of Model Recommendations related to anti-corruption activities have been adopted.
On the margins of the 10th Eurasian Anti-Corruption Forum, CSTO PA Executive Secretary met with Talia Khabrieva, Director of the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation.
They agreed to further deepen cooperation in the area of CSTO PA model l awmaking.
The Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation is a long-standing and deeply respected partner of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly. There are plans to continue and deepen cooperation with it to assess the implementation of the CSTO PA legislation into the national legislative systems of the CSTO Member States.