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June 2011 CFBE Chair Matthew Murray Reports to the McFaul-Surkov Working Group

On June 7, 2011, Michael McFaul, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia for the National Security Staff, and Vladislav Surkov, First Deputy Head of the Russian Presidential Administration, hosted the third plenary session of the Civil Society Working Group of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission in Washington D.C.

CFBE Chair, Matthew Murray, who is a delegate to the Civil Society Working Group’s sub-group on Anti-Corruption, discussed recent results of cooperation among US and Russian civil society organizations to counter the transnational threat of corruption. These results included strong support for Russia’s momentous decision to sign the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in May 2009. Mr. Murray also presented recent results of the Russian Energy Compliance Alliance to create national compliance standard in all companies in the power industry, develop the standards into “Russian best practices”, and institutionalize a recognized certification process (ISO, IAS) that is practical for large and small companies in Russia. Mr. Murray emphasized that this strategy is intended to engage public and private stakeholders to counter a systemic problem.