October Lecture by Sergei Guriev

Russia’s corruption and Western responsibility

October Lecture by Sergei Guriev

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Corruption in Russia is persistent, from the lower echelons of society to the highest state levels. It is one of the main complaints of ordinary citizens. But Russia’s corruption is a global curse and the Netherlands are part of its world wide web. 

The price of bribe is high. Corruption not only undermines confidence in political institutions, widespread kick-backs and dirty money also impede the recovery of the economy and preclude societal change in Russia.

The West sustains corruption by facilitating tax evasion, straight forward money laundering and the handing out of passports to tax evaders. Many large Russian corporations, like Gazprom and Lukoil, and business owners are registered in the Netherlands in order to get tax exemptions. How does corruption work in Russia and what can the Netherlands do to curb its influence abroad?

In the third October Lecture by Raam op Rusland Sergei Guriev – prominent Russian economist and former adviser of president Putin – will speak about the undermining force of corruption in and outside Russia.

Paul Tang, member of the European Parliament, will elaborate on the facilitating role of European, in particular Dutch, institutions and governments, and will discuss with Guriev what measures should be taken to impede the flow of dirty money.

The evening will be moderated by Marike Stellinga, political and financial journalist/columnist at NRC Handelsblad.

This event is organised by Raam op Rusland (Window on Russia) and de Rode Hoed

 

 

Russische omkoping en de verantwoordelijkheid van het Westen

Corruptie in Rusland is hardnekkig en wijdverbreid – van lage ambtenaren tot de hoogste regeringskringen. Het is één van de grootste ergernissen van gewone burgers. Maar het is eveneens een vloek met wereldwijde effecten die ook Nederland raakt.

De prijs van omkoping is hoog. Corruptie ondermijnt niet alleen het vertrouwen in politieke instellingen, maar belemmert ook economische hervormingen en maatschappelijke veranderingen in Rusland.

Het Westen houdt corruptie in stand door belastingontduiking te faciliteren, geld te helpen witwassen en paspoorten uit te delen aan belastingontduikers. Veel grote Russische bedrijven, zoals Gazprom en Lukoil, zijn in Nederland geregistreerd om belastingvrijstelling te krijgen. Hoe werkt corruptie in Rusland en wat kan Nederland doen om die invloed in het buitenland te beperken?

In de derde Oktoberlezing in samenwerking met Raam op Rusland zal Sergei Guriev – vooraanstaand econoom en voormalig adviseur van president Poetin – spreken over de ondermijnende kracht van corruptie in en buiten Rusland.

Europarlementariër Paul Tang zal licht werpen op de faciliterende rol van westerse (met name Nederlandse) instellingen en regeringen, en met Guriev debatteren over maatregelen om de stroom van fout geld tegen te houden.

De avond wordt geleid door Marike Stellinga, politiek redacteur en financieel-economisch columnist bij NRC Handelsblad.

Deze avond is een samenwerking tussen Raam op Rusland en de Rode Hoed.

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Speakers

Sergei Guriev

Sergei Guriev is a widely praised Russian economist. Guriev is professor at the Paris Institute of Political Studies Sciences Po and – until recently – chief economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD. Guriev currently lives in France. Earlier in his career he was adviser of president Putin, rector of the New Economic School in Moscow and a member of the supervisory board of Sberbank, the biggest financial institution in Russia.

Paul Tang

Paul Tang is a member of the delegation of the Dutch social-democrats in the European Parliament and a member of the Committee Economic and Monetary Affairs. After the revelation of the Panama Papers, on his proposal the European  Parliament added  the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Malta, Cyprus and Ireland to a black list of tax havens. The European Parliament this year adopted a plan for fairer taxation and the tackling of financial crimes.

Marike Stellinga (moderator)

Marike Stellinga is an economics journalist at NRC Handelsblad. Between 2012 and 2016 she was a member of the paper’s editorial board. Stellinga also writes a column about economics in the paper. She previously worked for Elsevier Weekblad. In 2010 she won the Citi Journalistic Excellence Award for an article about the economic crisis in the Netherlands. Her book De mythe van het glazen plafond (The Myth of the Glass Ceiling) was published in 2009.