Russian Bank took the example of the USA


Photo: Oleg Karsaev / “Kommersant”

VTB ordered legal company lobbying, including editing of existing laws. Information about procurement published in the Unified information system of procurement, the first attention be paid to “Kommersant”.

In the procurement card says that its value is 46.5 million rubles. The contractor selected lawyer Bureau “Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev and partners”. It was the only bidder.

As the subject of the procurement specified “legal services to support the discussion and adoption of agreed with the Bank amendments to improve the law” on public procurement. It is planned to improve that part of the law, which applies to Bank guarantees and contracts for construction and renovation. In particular, VTB is interested in the creation of a specialized Institute for Bank guarantees. To provide such services shall be for the Bureau until the end of July 2019.

The text of the Treaty spelled out the 11 individual goals of the Bank for which remuneration is provided. The highest fee is 6.2 million rubles.

Thus, VTB for the first time in Russian history, openly declared lobbying. This practice is common in USA and some other countries, where officially there is a profession of lobbyist.

In Russia lobbyism tried several times to legalize. The last relevant draft law was submitted to the Duma in 2013, but was rejected. In 2017 against lobbying was made by the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. According to him, the departmental lobbying “subject to extermination”.

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