Graphics: IRZ
Graphics: IRZ
Russian Federation

On 10 December 2020, IRZ and the Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice for the Russian Federation organised a Russian-German scientific conference on “Fighting corruption and the shadow economy: Questions concerning the effectiveness of legal mechanisms”. The online event was aimed at around fifty participants, including:

  • public prosecutors,
  • lawyers,
  • academics and
  • students

Representing Germany as IRZ experts were Stefan Schlotter, Public Prosecutor at the Public Prosecutor's Office in Frankfurt am Main, and Karin Schreitter-Skvortsov, Senior Public Prosecutor at the Dresden Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Stefan Schlotter gave a report on investigations into corruption in Germany. He also presented the German penal provisions, gave an overview of police crime statistics and used examples of actual cases to demonstrate the problems encountered at hearings in the corruption sector. As a recognised expert in corruption and the confiscation of assets in corruption cases, Karin Schreitter-Skvortsov outlined a number of practical examples during her lecture.

Scientists and academics from the St. Petersburg branch of the Law Academy represented the Russian side at the event:

  • Dr. Elena Fomenko, a lecturer in the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, gave a lecture on the “Provisions of criminal law for combating corruption: current trends, doctrines and practices”.
  • Dr. Juri Kondratyev, also a lecturer in the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, spoke about the legitimacy of recovering assets under civil law when dealing with corruption.
  • Dr. Egor Trofimov, head of the Department for Administrative and Financial Law, and Svetlana Garcia, a lawyer at the St Petersburg Bar Association, together addressed the topic of the anti-corruption declaration in the ethical paradigm.

The online conference led to some lively and constructive discussions. During the lectures, the participants used the chat function to discuss the subjects. After the lectures, they could then ask the relevant speakers questions directly.