Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov during a speech at the forum “Valdai” in Sochi, criticized the head of the government Dmitry Medvedev for the fact that he, as President, too much attention brought to the issue of corruption.
“When the President was Dmitry Medvedev – let not offended if you tell him, he exaggerated the issue of corruption, brought attention to her excessive” – this quote from the speech of Deputy Prime Minister appeared on channel “Manuals” in the Telegram, according to URA.ru.
Annual, XIII meeting of the international discussion club “Valdai” is held in Sochi from 24 to 27 October. News agencies usually attentively watching the performances on the forum. By tradition, all the working panels of the club are held in the closed mode, however after the participants share with the press their experiences and observations, reports TASS.
On the tapes agencies failed to find accusations of Shuvalov in the address Medvedev. It was only reported that the Deputy Prime Minister was going to participate in the forum on 25 October. Apparently, the way it was. This is evidenced by the interview with political scientist Nikolay Zlobin, which he gave to the radio station “Vesti FM” on October 26. (In response to the question of the leader of the impressions of the meeting with first Deputy Prime Minister, Zlobin said that “Shuvalov made a good impression”.) In this case, the “training manual” the words attributed to Shuvalov, appeared on the 26th of October.
Medvedev was President of Russia in 2008-2012. In may 2008, he signed a decree on establishment of the Council on the fight against corruption. In July of the same year was signed the Plan on corruption counteraction, and in December a package of laws on corruption counteraction. In March 2012, Medvedev approved the national anti-corruption plan for 2012-2013, according to which increased control over expenses of state employees.
Speaking at a meeting of the Council for countering corruption on 30 September 2008, Medvedev saidthat corruption in Russia has become “widespread”. “It has become a usual phenomenon which characterizes the very life of our society,” said then-President. He stressed that “it is not just about banal bribes, it is about a serious disease that eats our economy and corrupts all of society.” A top priority in the fight against corruption, he called the strengthening of the legal system.
Igor Shuvalov is one of the richest members of the government. According to his Declaration, in 2015 he earned 97,2 million rubles. The income of the head Shuvalov, Medvedev made only 8,76 million rubles. Shuvalov, together with his wife owns four apartments in Russia, ranging from 73.8 to 175,7 sq. m. Vice Prime Minister also rents a house in Austria with an area of 1480 sq. m and apartment in the UK, covering an area of 483 sq. m.
This year Deputy Prime Minister was involved in several investigations of the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK) Alexei Navalny. So, in early July, the FCO argued that managing money Shuvalov buys in the skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment in Moscow an entire floor of 10 apartments at a cost of approximately 600 million rubles. To do this, the Foundation wrote about the London apartment of Deputy Prime Minister with an area of about 500 square meters and cost about 700 million rubles, and the luxurious Rolls-Royce 40 million rubles.
In the materials the FCO also argued that Shuvalov use expensive private jet in which he flies, and sometimes carries dogs his wife at the exhibition.
International discussion club “Valdai” was created in 2004. Over the years its work involved more than 900 members of the international scientific community of the 62 States. At the annual meeting, the participants traditionally meet with the President of Russia and other senior officials of the country. This year the Central theme of the next meeting in this format, formulated by the organizers as “the Future starts today: the contours of tomorrow’s world”. Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in the final plenary session of the XIII annual meeting of the Valdai club on October 27.