Thursday, June 21, 2018

Russian government vows to combat corruption ahead of World Cup

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko announced on Thursday that the Russian government is taking measures to prevent corruption as the country prepares to host the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

In total, the Russian government has budgeted more than $20 billion since it began bidding for the tournament in 2010. The allocated funds will be used to upgrade and construct stadium facilities, municipal infrastructures and airports, RIA NOVOSTI reports.

"We're going to do everything we can to make this project transparent," Mutko said, according to RIA NOVOSTI. "The more openness there is, it seems to me, the fewer opportunities there are for corruption."

In order to ward off corruption, the budget will be cross-checked by several agencies at every stage of the design and building process.

While Mutko revealed that the government has no overarching strategy to prevent corruption, it will leverage the auditing and oversight guidance of the Federal Security Service and the state Audit Chamber, RIA NOVOSTI reports.

Meanwhile, the country's preparations to host the $50 billion Winter Olympic Games in Sochi have been surrounded in accusations of corruption.

One former head of construction for the ski jump complex fled to Germany after he was placed under investigation for alleged embezzlement, according to RIA NOVOSTI.