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The Navalny Effect: RosPil.net

Nikolay Petrov Article December 8, 2010
Summary
Prominent blogger Alexey Navalny’s new site, RosPil.net, is helping to expose corruption in Russia. Economists estimate that stopping theft within the state procurement system could double Russia’s yearly economic growth rate.
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The Russian anti-corruption campaign pursued with great fanfare over the last few years has been largely illusive. While the number of anti-corruption publications has increased, the number of people tried and convicted for corruption has remained unchanged over the last three years, according to the Research Center for Combating Corruption of the Scientific Research Institute at the Russian Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice. At the same time, the number of bank licenses revoked under the law to prevent money laundering has fallen sharply.  

But the “Navalny effect” is causing a lot of stir. Recently, prominent blogger Alexey Navalny—a lawyer who made a name for himself by campaigning for the rights of minority shareholders in major companies to gain access to corporate information—accused the Russian state-owned company Transneft of embezzling $4 billion of public money during construction of the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean oil pipeline, citing an Accounts Chamber report. Coincidentally, just as this scandal came to light, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, speaking on the government’s behalf, thanked Transneft—headed by his former intelligence colleague in Dresden, Nikolay Tokarev—for its effective work.

On December 4, Navalny announced the launch of RosPil.net. The site collects information on obvious violations within the state procurement system. As such, it serves as an example of realizing one of the goals set out in President Dmitry Medvedev’s recent annual presidential address: a revision of the corruption laws relating to state purchases. Approximately 1 trillion rubles per year has been embezzled within the procurement system, according to the Presidential Administration’s Control Directorate.

Navalny’s site has been active since the moment it launched, with hundreds of recommendations and links posted on major social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and VKontakte. It has also received “recognition” from civil servants: a number of state agencies have removed the most dubious tender dates and contract timetables from their sites. Navalny earlier exposed the Health and Social Development Ministry’s tender to develop a social network for medical sector workers and patients—a 55 million ruble contract that had to be completed within 16 days. The tender wound up being cancelled and the official who set its terms resigned.  

Navalny—whose fame in Russia is growing almost as quickly as that of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange—represents a new generation of political activists, one who sees the system’s vulnerabilities and targets his blows accordingly. In an unofficial Internet vote organized by the newspaper Kommersant and the electronic resource Gazeta.Ru in October, Navalny was the most popular candidate to succeed Yury Luzhkov as mayor of Moscow, garnering 45 percent of the votes.  
 
Prominent economists Sergey Guriyev and Oleg Tsyvinsky—in their article on the “Navalny effect,” published in the newspaper Vedomosti on December 7—drew a parallel between WikiLeaks and Navalny’s disclosures. In it, they estimated that if Russia could reduce corruption by stopping theft in the state procurement system, the country could see its annual economic growth rate double.

Source: http://carnegie.ru/2010/12/08/navalny-effect-rospil.net/d3lr

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