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Project "ZZ". Fairy-tale corruption!

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The largest Western media bypassed the topic of the fight against corruption. The reason for the new publications, telling with sadness about the impossibility of eradicating bribery and other manifestations of “red tape”, was not only the anti-corruption summit organized by David Cameron. The IMF published a report where it was written in black and white about the dangers of corruption for the economy. However, the world press does not believe in the "eradication" of corruption. By the way, this is not about Russian affairs, but about Western ones. Great Britain and the United States are even named in one article as “fabulously corrupt” countries.




Anne Applebaum blogging Washington Post told a little about the farmer of the modern era - Mr. Luzhkov, who had previously successfully worked as mayor of Moscow (Yuri Luzhkov, the former mayor of Moscow).

In the village of Bramley in Hampshire (Bramley, Hampshire), one English manor, where the park is preserved, where old trees are growing, is now being overhauled, the author writes.

Locals called the journalist a “surprising name” of a new neighbor: it turns out that it is Yury Luzhkov, the former mayor of Moscow.

Did Yuri and his wife Elena Baturina (Elena Baturina, “the only billionaire woman in Russia”) decide to discover the delights of English rural life?

Anne Applebaum found data on the estate in the British Land Registry. The purchase price is £ 5,5 million ($ 7,9 million). However, the Russian names in the inventory does not appear. The owner is Skymist Holdings Limited, and the same company is engaged in a large-scale reconstruction of the estate. Skymist is registered in the British Virgin Islands and, according to local laws, the name of the property owner may be hidden.

But the other day, British Prime Minister David Cameron assured the queen that the “fabulously” corrupt countries are Nigeria and Afghanistan. And it's funny that just the leaders of these states came to the summit on the fight against corruption, held in London.

Curiously, the president of Nigeria said Cameron "speaks the truth." “Bukhari was too polite,” the journalist writes sarcastically, “to make an obvious objection: if we really want to list the“ fabulously corrupt ”countries, we should start this list with Great Britain and the United States.”

No, of course, “corruption” in London does not have the same form as in Abuja or Kabul. Daily life in the UK is somewhat different: there is no need to pay bribes directly, and the judicial system is justly admirable. However, over the past few decades, accountants and lawyers registered in London “have helped launder billions of dollars stolen through the British Virgin Islands.” Yes, and through other British overseas territories, too.

The British real estate market, roughly the same as the real estate market in New York, "has long been functioning as an old-fashioned Swiss bank, providing safe real estate investments for owners who want to hide their identity and their sources of income." Several US states (Delaware is best known for this, New Mexico, Nevada and Wyoming) also made it possible to register companies for anonymous owners. These companies can then do business or buy property, including in Hampshire.

And even the British Prime Minister Cameron plunged into a scandal: the recent discharge of Panamanian documents affected him personally, because the papers mentioned information about the management of an offshore investment fund by his late father.

It is easy to pretend that corruption exists “somewhere in Moscow or Almaty”, the journalist sneers, when it can be explained by the “moral weakness of Russians and Kazakhs”, and not by Western traditions.

The world would be safer and richer, thinks Applebaum, when money laundering would be put a barrier. And the West, criticizing the Russians, should recognize that it has problems in this area. Solving the problem begins with its recognition!

Leonid Bershidsky (Leonid Bershidsky) argues on the global corruption octopus Bloomberg View.

The anti-corruption summit, hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, coincided with the publication of a report by the International Monetary Fund explaining, What is good and what is bad why corruption is harmful to the economy, as well as offering ways to "eradicate" it.

However, neither these recommendations, nor those that were expressed at the forum in London, will solve the problem. They will decide neither in developing countries nor in London. At the summit, much was said about international efforts to recover stolen wealth and transparency in general. Cameron hopes to change the reputation of London, a famous refuge for corrupt officials. The prime minister wishes that from now on all foreign companies owning real estate in the United Kingdom declare their assets through the state register.

Mr. Bershidsky doubts that there could be any benefit from this innovation. Indeed, in most cases, such statements contain nothing but a list of property in London and instructions of the beneficial owners. Their names will either not say anything, or they will lead to people who are doing quite a legal business.

It is very difficult to take measures to return assets: to start such a procedure, “owners must be condemned”. And how to achieve this in corrupt countries? The author recalls that in such countries, the courts are "among the most rotten institutions."

And what did the new IMF say?

His recommendations are based on transparency, strengthening the rule of law, creating appropriate institutions, changing social norms in corrupt societies. All of this is well known without the IMF, and these “corrupt regimes” mock these recommendations with the sneer. For example, a transparent electronic public procurement system has been introduced in Russia. It “would be the envy of many countries if the“ right ”companies did not win all the tenders.”

In Ukraine, as many as three departments are fighting with bribery: the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office. And what's the point? Ukraine is so corrupt that the IMF does not even give it the last tranche of monetary assistance.

Economist Hernando De Soto considers excessive bureaucracy to be the main cause of corruption in developing countries. In the post-Soviet states (some of them are the most corrupt in the world), the bureaucracy was mainly inherited from past eras. In these countries, corruption is “the traditional part of the social fabric and the pillar of the regime.” Therefore, the only way to defeat it is to take the reins from the bureaucrats.

Eradicating corruption in those countries where it has become a “way of life” is hardly possible according to the rules proposed by the IMF or someone else. The recommendations of law-abiding Western societies are not suitable for post-communist states and are hardly suitable for many states in Africa and Asia.

According to the IMF, the analyst reminds that corruption costs the world $ 1,5 trillion. up to $ 2 trillion per year, that is, in 2% of world production. Corruption deprives taxpayers of the incentive to share their income with governments, increases costs, undermines the quality of government spending, stifles private investment, etc., etc.

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It is funny to see Cameron trying to whitewash his reputation tainted by offshore scandal, and for the sake of it he is convening a "summit" and promises to lead a "struggle" with the ciphered London property owners. At the same time, emphasis is placed on the “fabulously” corrupt countries - Nigeria and Afghanistan. They say that you cannot put Britain next to them! However, the famous journalist Anne Appbaum only laughs at this: after all, in fact, the list of “fabulously corrupt” countries should start with the United Kingdom and the United States.

Recall, in 2013, the European Union anti-corruption agency “OLAF” in its study indicatedthat the EU states annually lose from corruption 323 billion euros. This amount equals almost a third of the seven-year budget proposed by the EU for 2014-2020 years.

Here it is, a fairy tale for corrupt officials.
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  1. Terrible_L.
    Terrible_L. 16 May 2016 09: 12
    +15
    You will be screwed, but you do not steal (s)
    1. dr. sem
      dr. sem 16 May 2016 09: 36
      +18
      they’ll shoot you, but you don’t steal ....
      1. Kent0001
        Kent0001 16 May 2016 09: 50
        +2
        ... you do not steal, otherwise they will shoot.
        1. Andrey Yuryevich
          Andrey Yuryevich 16 May 2016 11: 28
          +2
          [quote = Kent0001] ... you do not steal, otherwise they will shoot. [/ qua we will be shot? interesting about: [quote]EU states annually lose 323 billion euros from corruption. This amount is equal to almost a third of the seven-year budget proposed by the EU for 2014-2020.
          [/ quote] how are we?what
          1. 70BSN
            70BSN 16 May 2016 13: 03
            +4
            And with us everything is so muddy that writing is not a hunt)))) but in general, my opinion is that our corruption has surpassed everyone !!!
            1. PHANTOM-AS
              PHANTOM-AS 16 May 2016 13: 10
              +5
              Quote: 70BSN
              And with us everything is so muddy that writing is not a hunt)))) but in general, my opinion is that our corruption has surpassed everyone !!!

              One hundred pudoffs agree!
              We are discussing everything, but we have the same intentions to fight the embezzlement, and the cellists are good and we won’t find kickbacks and cuts during the day with fire, damn it.
          2. Reserve officer
            Reserve officer 16 May 2016 14: 25
            +6
            "EU states annually lose 323 billion euros from corruption"

            Well, our gentlemen officials have a guideline. What is it striving for.
            And then the Vostochny cosmodrome, the property of the Ministry of Defense and the Zenit-arena. Small somehow ...
            Catch up with Europe and overtake? Yes, gentlemen, officials?
          3. g1v2
            g1v2 16 May 2016 14: 43
            +3
            We don’t have so much money, so there is no such corruption as in the West. There was an investigation at the Pentagon - in a few years, 8,5 trillion dollars flowed away, they can’t find it. And political corruption is legalized there - lobbying is called. In China, too, cuts go to the full. Thousands of people executed on corruption charges should not be deceived - this is a consequence of internal political struggle. They steal everything in China, but they shoot those who lose in the showdown. hi In general, we are up to them as to the moon with cancer.
      2. razmik72
        razmik72 16 May 2016 10: 32
        +4
        Cameron was mistaken - a fabulously corrupt country - this is not Nigeria and not even Afghanistan, but Armenia. It came to the point that the EU representative says that if there is no fight against corruption in Armenia, the EU will be forced to withdraw the money that it allocated Armenia to fight corruption.
        1. avva2012
          avva2012 16 May 2016 10: 34
          +6
          Quote: razmik72 The EU states that if there is no fight against corruption in Armenia, the EU will be forced to withdraw the money that it allocated to Armenia to fight corruption.

          "Armenian Radio" on the air again? laughing
          1. razmik72
            razmik72 16 May 2016 10: 45
            +4
            Quote: avva2012
            Quote: razmik72 The EU states that if there is no fight against corruption in Armenia, the EU will be forced to withdraw the money that it allocated to Armenia to fight corruption.

            "Armenian Radio" on the air again? laughing

            And what to do, you need to keep the brand fellow
            1. avva2012
              avva2012 16 May 2016 10: 49
              +2
              Quote: razmik72 And what to do, you need to keep the brand

              Eternal values, they are. laughing
              I propose to think about this UNESCO.
              1. razmik72
                razmik72 16 May 2016 10: 56
                +3
                Quote: avva.2012
                Quote: razmik72 And what to do, you need to keep the brand

                Eternal values, they are. laughing
                I propose to think about this UNESCO.

                You have thrown a great idea - to register "Armenian radio" as a universal value wassat laughing.
                1. avva2012
                  avva2012 16 May 2016 11: 09
                  +1
                  Quote: Quote: razmik72 You have thrown a great idea - to register "Armenian radio" as a universal value

                  It has long been in values. It remains to issue legally.
                  1. razmik72
                    razmik72 16 May 2016 11: 25
                    +2
                    Quote: avva2012
                    Quote: Quote: razmik72 You have thrown a great idea - to register "Armenian radio" as a universal value

                    It has long been in values. It remains to issue legally.

                    Here I am about that. wink
                    1. avva2012
                      avva2012 16 May 2016 11: 32
                      +7
                      Quote: razmik72 Here I am about it

                      Capital of corruption: London. Capital of humor: Yerevan.
                      And in the middle of Moscow, where both are enough.
  2. Yak-15
    Yak-15 16 May 2016 09: 15
    +11
    Well, that's where we had to start. And then they undertook to modernize Russia. And who came from? Thieves on a global scale, which entirely consist of pg`protective nation.
    1. vmo
      vmo 16 May 2016 09: 28
      +3
      Exceptionally true words and thoughts!
    2. runway
      runway 16 May 2016 09: 42
      +6
      For our thieves, their thieves are not authority.
    3. vlad66
      vlad66 16 May 2016 09: 45
      +16
      Quote: YAK-15
      And then they undertook to modernize Russia. And who took it? Thieves Worldwide

      Yes, their main goal, someone Adolf Hitler also expressed in his book "Main Kampf", is why the Slavs in the east need such territories with minerals, it is necessary to destroy 70% of the population, and the rest to turn into slaves serving the "superior race". Several decades later, the same Madeleine Albright, the former US secretary of state, repeated the words, one goal that the "superior", that of the "exclusive" race, is to destroy Russia and seize its wealth.
      1. Yak-15
        Yak-15 16 May 2016 09: 53
        +5
        Yes, it's true. They will never calm down. The question has always been always an edge - who? whom
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  3. Berber
    Berber 16 May 2016 09: 38
    +5
    Here oh really about the "log" in the eye. Others find specks, but they do not notice them.
  4. rvRomanoff
    rvRomanoff 16 May 2016 09: 39
    +3
    Corruption is not our invention, as, indeed, Western values, and indeed communism, in their time. And something tells me that the scale of corruption is determined by the scale of financial activity. And therefore, according to Cameron, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the leading economies of the world.
    1. razmik72
      razmik72 16 May 2016 10: 39
      0
      Quote: rvRomanoff
      Corruption is not our invention, as, indeed, Western values, and indeed communism, in their time. And something tells me that the scale of corruption is determined by the scale of financial activity. And therefore, according to Cameron, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the leading economies of the world.

      Corruption arose as humanity developed, and there is hardly any American, Armenian or Russian corruption, it is supranational.
  5. Berber
    Berber 16 May 2016 09: 44
    +6
    It has long been necessary to understand that all Western morality is pure plutocracy. Scammers on scammers. No conscience, no conscience, just justice, one "business" and nothing else.
  6. B.T.V.
    B.T.V. 16 May 2016 09: 47
    +4
    One of the main and worst corrupt officials, J. Soros, judging by his behavior, he hates not only Russia, but all of humanity, a "philanthropist".
  7. Basil50
    Basil50 16 May 2016 09: 47
    +3
    But I know how to defeat corruption, you just need to LEGALIZE it, as in the USA, and everything will not be * illegal * corruption, it will be legal, it will pay taxes and corruption will immediately become * patriots *, in gratitude. Everything is just like in the USA. And there, before the laws for money * we grow *.
    And the triumph of democracy is absolutely * nearby * if only to accept in addition:
    Hold a competition among the LLC for printing rubles, and economic paradise will come.
    Rob as many countries as possible.
    This is the main * recipe * of democracy, there are few basic points, and the details may be different, which is not essential.
  8. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 16 May 2016 10: 07
    +6
    The main reason for corruption is the disposal of "public wealth" by people who do not create it. Society delegates to them the right to dispose of huge funds - and they are unable to keep the "zealous". Well, if a tough bridle is thrown over them, then others will help - lobbyists, contractors, customers with state funding. 2% of world GDP is not even a lot. It cannot influence the economy globally. By comparison, how much is two percent of your budget? Several packs of cigarettes?
    Much more dangerous is the power of finance capital, which is completely cut off from the real production of material goods. And the legislation has already been adjusted for themselves. This is what deprives HUMANITY of the future. And this Worldwide fight against corruption (in spite of all the vileness of the phenomenon and the undoubted need to fight it) - IMHO, putting a "shadow on the fence." One has only to remember that the volume of "futures" for oil exceeds the real volume of oil production ten times! I generally keep quiet about gold.
  9. Volzhanin
    Volzhanin 16 May 2016 10: 13
    +3
    That's just it, that Thieves of the World scale! And instead of poking their nose constantly in their own d-mo, for some reason we start some excuses ... We adapt, we fake these insignificants ...
  10. beer-youk
    beer-youk 16 May 2016 10: 20
    +3
    Who shouts the loudest: "Stop the thief!"? Everyone knows who.
  11. cap
    cap 16 May 2016 10: 23
    +1
    "According to the IMF, the analyst reminds, corruption costs the world from $ 1,5 trillion to $ 2 trillion a year, that is, 2% of the global production. Corruption deprives taxpayers of incentives to share their income with governments, increases costs, undermines the quality of state expenses, stifles private investment, etc., etc. "

    The mention of Yu. Luzhkov simply touches. He probably sold the cap to Sotheby's so that they would take him to the wife as a gardener. laughing
    1. avva2012
      avva2012 16 May 2016 10: 33
      +1
      Quote: cap The mention of Yu. Luzhkov simply touches. He probably sold the cap to Sotheby's so that they would take him to the wife as a gardener.

      "Local residents named the journalist the 'amazing name' of a new neighbor: it turns out, it is Yuri Luzhkov, the former mayor of Moscow." "Ann Applebaum found data on the estate in the British Land Registry. The purchase price is £ 5,5 million ($ 7,9 million). However, there are no Russian names in the inventory."
      Why Luzhkov, not Putin?
      Does the journalist work with the OBS agency? No, it is quite possible that Luzhkov bought it, fortunately, there are enough funds. Where is the proof?
      And, as far as corruption is concerned, in this sense I like Guy Ritchie's films. For example, "Rock and Roller". I think reality is even more exciting. So, whose cow would moan ..
  12. Polar Bear
    Polar Bear 16 May 2016 11: 04
    +1
    "They see a speck in someone else's eye, but they don't see a log in their own."

    I think this quote will be in the subject.
  13. atamankko
    atamankko 16 May 2016 11: 46
    +2
    You see how they are hindered by the successes, albeit small, of Russia.
    1. Sergey-8848
      Sergey-8848 16 May 2016 19: 28
      0
      Storchak: Russia will not give Ukraine money for Eurovision REGNUM19: 17
      Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Sergey Storchak said that Russia will never give Ukraine a loan to host the Eurovision song contest. The official said this to reporters today, May 16.
      REGNUM
      19:17
  14. Manul
    Manul 16 May 2016 13: 35
    0
    And why is commonplace theft, differing only in its size, called corruption?
  15. yawa63
    yawa63 16 May 2016 13: 47
    +9
    I'll put in my five kopecks - last year I had a chance to visit New York, well, the impressions of the city are not very good (garbage in the center, a terribly dirty subway, roads are far from ideal, construction of houses made of cardboard, a bunch of black homeless people demanding alms, etc. ), however, I struggled to "look for" good things, and so - when meeting with American acquaintances (immigrants from the USSR), I noticed that something, but there is probably no corruption, there are no raids on entrepreneurs, etc., etc. answered with wonderful words - you, they say, are Russians - idiots, as you shout about corruption in Russia at every corner. When there was an election of the mayor of New York, on our (and not only on our) street, "troops" such as SES, firemen and others landed, and they stupidly charged $ 10 from our restaurant for alleged violations, and from a small pizzeria in the neighborhood - 5 thousand dollars, and the silence - no one tells anyone about it. Like this. I answer for my words - I wrote it word for word, as I was told, believe it or not!
    1. Sergey-8848
      Sergey-8848 16 May 2016 19: 14
      +2
      Is it New York? Is this the dream of all visitors? Is that that dream ?!
      1. gladcu2
        gladcu2 16 May 2016 20: 02
        0
        Sergey-8848

        The United States, but the past 10 years have been greatly degraded. Development has stopped. The state still supports the infrastructure but there is no necessary update. Everything is old, functioning, reasonably clean.

        The problem is seen in high-level corruption. Which in general, and wants to change D. Trump.
      2. yawa63
        yawa63 17 May 2016 04: 46
        +3
        Yes, Sergei, as one character said - "and these people forbid me to pick my nose", especially the subway, the shabby walls, peeling plaster, the announcement "Beware of rats!", Clouds of homeless people who sleep in the same cardboard boxes from - under household appliances, aggressive begging for money (one got it so bad that I answered him in purely Russian-command language that even my wife, who lived with me for 30 years, was surprised)))), garbage is put into black bags and taken out into the street in the evening ( this is the very center of Manhattan), but they take it closer to lunch, when the smell of smelt is already beginning to be felt, the roads - the highways are flawless, and in the city of the pits - we have better in Krasnodar))) We were struck by the police - here they always tell us that they are fit, sports, but ours ... They are as pot-bellied as ours)))
    2. gladcu2
      gladcu2 16 May 2016 19: 54
      +3
      yawa63

      All true.
      In the USA there is no such low-profile corruption in the home. There a policeman or inspector will not engage in extortion. In the US, the connection between the state and large corporate private capital. Therefore, the robbery is state regulated. Why robbery? Because state laws can be interpreted in two ways making the right side guilty. On the one hand, the situation of legalized slavery is legal, but on the other.
  16. Gardamir
    Gardamir 16 May 2016 15: 34
    +1
    And why did they sort it all out, is it about Russian officials? What began to eradicate corruption in Russia?
  17. Angor
    Angor 16 May 2016 16: 09
    +1
    “Measures to recover assets are very difficult to take: to start such a procedure,“ the owners must be convicted. ”And how can this be achieved in corrupt countries? The author recalls that in such countries the courts are“ among the most rotten institutions ”.
    What's new said the IMF? "

    Tied around the neck in their democratic swamp, and pulling everything around them to the bottom. The Europeans are used to living on theft and murder. It turned out that there is nowhere else to steal. That's what they want to demolish the whole world to start all over again. kill, rob, other life options do not exist and they do not understand another.
  18. Micross
    Micross 16 May 2016 19: 05
    +3
    Where do all corrupt officials from all over the world run? In London! Why not tell London to all those involved in corruption in other countries: we refuse to accept such people who are involved in the corruption case, if such people are located in London, we will give them to those states in which they were engaged in corruption !!! but London doesn’t do that, a country of bandits and crooks !!!
  19. Sergey-8848
    Sergey-8848 16 May 2016 19: 09
    +1
    Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Sergey Storchak said that Russia will never give Ukraine a loan to host the Eurovision song contest. The official said this to reporters today, May 16.

    Most of all, this is not like an official, but a bird with a red impenetrable head.
  20. gladcu2
    gladcu2 16 May 2016 19: 33
    +2
    Corruption is a form of merger of large private capital and the state.

    Corruption in the state, depending on the degree of development, leads to a halt in development and the complete impoverishment of the people.

    Take the example of the United States.

    Outwardly powerful state. Outwardly excellent development conditions.

    But!

    Huge separation by income. Low level of social protection. Low level of education, lack of systemic education. The population survives alone or by religious communities. Caste. Racism. Overall physiological health is incredibly low. Screaming awful. If someone enters American Walmart, it will be like in a horror movie.

    The negative side of the merger of state and capital. There is no national development. The influx of minds only from outside. The state-capital bond uses all methods of protecting the existing system.

    The population is given the ideology of patriotism in order to resist attempts of social disobedience at the lowest cost.

    I specifically cited the USA as an example. As a country leader of capitalism.

    Probably every citizen will be able to see a comparison with his country.

    But how should it be? What to strive for.

    Reply.

    A strong state with an overwhelming large percentage of state ownership. Private capital is included in the concept of people. The people is a unity connected by a single system of survival, morality. No ideology.
    Unified education system.
    1. gladcu2
      gladcu2 16 May 2016 19: 43
      +1
      Why should there not be ideology in a strong state?

      Because ideology is very difficult to control. Ideology can revive the state, or it can kill. Ideology is a temporary measure, an artificially created system of moral values. If you do not follow, the state will perish. An example of the USSR, which died as a result of the degeneration of ideology. The division into management classes and subordinates turned out and as a result the country was sold.
  21. Grave With Cross 3
    Grave With Cross 3 16 May 2016 20: 13
    -3
    No comments!
  22. Klos
    Klos 17 May 2016 06: 06
    +1
    Why was this summit held? To cut the funds for its organization :-)