Fighters against corruption demand check of Supreme Court Head for a conflict of interest

Fighters against corruption demand check of Supreme Court Head for a conflict of interest
Vyacheslav Lebedev

Vyacheslav Lebedev could pay for his own services with the budget money.

Transparency International - Russia has sent an appeal to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office demanding initiation of a check of the chairman of the Supreme Court of Russia, Vyacheslav Lebedev, for a conflict of interest in connection with a purchase of 2,500 copies of the "Commentary on the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation" under his editorship by the Judicial Department of the Supreme Court.

In addition, the fighters against corruption sent an appeal to the Presidential administration asking to explain who the chairman of the Supreme Court of Russia was to report on a conflict of interest.

The Judicial Department under the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation has purchased 2,500 copies of the "Commentary to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation", edited by the Chairman of the Supreme Court, Vyacheslav Lebedev. It was found out that a conflict of interest took place, since Lebedev could put pressure on the department in order to make them buy his comments granting himself a good profit.

On the website of state purchases, the cost of two volumes of the publication is estimated at 2,700 rubles. The tender was submitted by the only applicant - publishing house Yuright, which won the auction. The application was to be examined by a commission of the Judicial Department and then approved by Chairman of the Supreme Court Lebedev.

Thus, it is likely that Vyacheslav Lebedev had a conflict of interest in the purchase of publications under his own edition. He could directly influence the decision of the Judicial Department dependent on him, when approving an application for the execution of a tender.

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