“The government has taken corruption seriously”: a roundtable in


October 26 at TASS hosted a round table dedicated to the fight against corruption in Russia. The participants presented the results of research all-Russian center for public opinion research “Corruption in Russia: monitoring”.

About the poll

The initiative Russian opinion poll was conducted on October 10-11, 2015. Were polled 1,600 people in 132 settlements in 46 regions, territories and republics of Russia. The statistical error does not exceed 3.5%.

About the level of corruption and the fact Gaizer

Chairman of the Board of the all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion (VTSIOM) Konstantin Abramov, presenting the results of a sociological survey stated that the level of corruption in Russia has decreased.

“The level of corruption in the country over the last six months decreased significantly, both at the Federal level and on the ground,” he said. “Until 2015, unfortunately, the Russians haven’t seen such a bright, strong effect from the actions of the authorities in this area. But now, today, the situation has changed, and our citizens celebrate, the government has taken corruption seriously,” he said.

As an example of serious corruption Abramov cited the arrest of 20 September in Komi 15 people, including the head of the Republic Vyacheslav Gaizer, acting head of Komi Alexey Chernov, Deputy Chairman of the government of the Republic of Constantine Romadanova, ex-Senator from the region, Yevgeny Samoilov, who at the time of arrest still held their posts. Another person involved was sent under house arrest.

Of police, medicine and journalists

However, the head of the Board VTSIOM Konstantin Abramov has indicated that, in the opinion of Russians, the level of “corruption, several government and public institutions remains very high.” “First of all, it is the traffic police, the police and the health system. Corrupt citizens believe and the media, both private and public”, he concluded.

About the fight of the authorities against corruption

According to a poll, presented at the round table, the Russians positively estimate actions of the authorities in combating corruption and believed that the efficiency of work in this field became more visible.

Sociologists note that, for example, in 2005 only 3% of respondents answered that the country has done a lot to combat corruption, another 27% believed that “the results are, but they are not significant”. In March 2015 these figures were, respectively, 11% and 39%, and October – 10 and 38%. Thus, conclude the experts VTSIOM, “some results of the activities of the authorities today about half of our fellow citizens – 48% (from 30% in 2005)”.

A third of respondents (33%) believe that the situation in the last year did not change (44% in 2005), and 13 percent say it has even deteriorated (10 years ago the figure was 21%).

Over half of our citizens (55%) still do not believe that such a phenomenon as corruption is, in principle, can be completely eradicated. Opposite opinion is shared by 40% of respondents: according to them, with some effort corruption is still possible to win.