Russian officials to be encouraged to report corruption - report
MOSCOW, February 13 (RAPSI) – The government has drafted a bill promising financial rewards, confidentiality and preservation of jobs for officials who report corruption, Izvestia newspaper reported on Friday.
The bill is aimed to protect the rights and interests of corruption reporters at government agencies, local governments, organizations (including state-owned corporations), state extra-budgetary funds, state-owned and private companies, and public organizations, according to the newspaper.
Under the bill, the officials and employees of state-owned companies who report corruption would be guaranteed confidentiality and free legal assistance. They would be also protected against illegal dismissal for three years after reporting corruption.
The bill also stipulates a financial reward. If a corruption report is proved true and helps prevent material damage to the federal or municipal budgets, the corruption reporter would receive between 5 and 15 percent of the estimated value of prevented damage.
The Prosecutor General’s Office would monitor compliance with the new rules.
The bill has been drafted within the framework of the National Anti-corruption Plan for 2014-2015 on the basis of proposals put forth following a Public Chamber meeting on this issue.