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This is a summary of an event with Elena Panfilova, Director of Transparency International – Russia, on 4 February 2014.
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On the eve of Sochi’s hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, a number of important questions need to be asked regarding alleged corruption during Russia’s preparations for the Games.
Addressing an audience in the British Parliament, Elena Panfilova, Director of Transparency International – Russia, discussed the issue of corruption regarding ‘Sochi 2014’ and the thriving culture of kick-backs in Russia at a broader level. As a high-profile anti-corruption campaigner and practitioner, Panfilova stated that corruption associated with ‘Sochi 2014’ could only be understood by providing context about the situation in Russia as a whole.
Elena Panfilova argued that the scale of corruption in Sochi should not come as a surprise. In fact, it should be expected. It can easily be extrapolated to other regions in Russia with similar levels of expenditure. She expressed her hope to tackle future corruption with the help of both Russian activists and foreign NGOs.
Corruption associated with ‘Sochi 2014’:
Corruption at a national level:
International cooperation as an anti-corruption tool: