Mr. Igor Krasnov, Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, has congratulated the winners of the International Youth Social Anti-Corruption Advertising Competition “Together against Corruption!”

Mr. Igor Krasnov, Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, has congratulated the winners of the International Youth Social Anti-Corruption Advertising Competition “Together against Corruption!”:

“Eradication of corruption is a topical task for all States. With a view to solving it, it is important to understand the social and legal nature of corruption, which requires a comprehensive approach involving not only state bodies but also the public.

One of the successful initiatives in this sphere is the establishment of the annual International Youth Social Anti-Corruption Advertising Competition "Together against Corruption!" which has been held since 2018 and has gone global.

The start of the 2020 Competition was announced by the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation together with the Presidential Executive Office of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation at the 8th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. The main purpose of the event is to attract widespread public attention to the prevention of corruption, develop an intolerant attitude towards its manifestations, and encourage the young generation to live in a society free from it.

It has become a tradition to sum up the results of the Competition on December 9, which is the International Anti-Corruption Day. This year the young people from Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Kazakhstan, Canada, Moldova, Myanmar, Nepal, South Africa, Japan and, of course, Russia took part in this Competition. Almost 5 thousand works in the form of posters and video clips were submitted to the Competition.

I am convinced that such events, on the one hand, allow young people to be involved in the issues of countering corruption, give an impetus to the development of anti-corruption legal awareness, and, on the other hand, they allow us to see what worries the young generation in this regard, how they look at solving this problem, and what they propose. I suppose that this serves as an excellent guideline for the further state anti-corruption policy-making.

I congratulate the finalists of the Competition on their well-deserved victory. May this success instill faith in your talent and confidence in the power to accomplish your new most daring goals in life. I would also like to note that there were a lot of talented works within the Competition. Not all of them were able to become winners, but each participant showed their civic stand, concerns and desire to change life for the better.

I wish all participants to maintain the qualities they’ve demonstrated and their commitment to high moral ideals!”

This year the winners and awardees of the Competition were determined based on the results of online voting:

• in the "Best Poster" nomination

Khushi Arun Kumar, 19-year-old student from Stella Maris College (Chennai, India), was awarded first place for the work titled «Together Against Corruption!»;

Eint Myet Chayl, 14-year-old school student from Myanmar (Yangon, Myanmar), with the work titled «Together Against Corruption!», and Elena Arnautova, 34-year-old child educational psychologist (Sochi, Russia), with the work titled «Only together we can defeat corruption!» shared second place;

Khulekani Tanjekwayo, 34-year-old man (Durban, South Africa), with the work titled «Together Against Corruption!», and Meruert Ermekbaeva, 24-year-old teacher (Pavlodar, Kazakhstan), with the work «Life without corruption» shared third place.

• in the "Best Video Clip" nomination

Ekaterina Burdakova, 26-year-old representative of the All-Russian Public Foundation for Assistance to Patriotic Education of Citizens "I Serve Russia" (Moscow, Russia), was awarded first place for the work titled «Corruption and coronavirus: much in common»;

Nikolai Grebenkin, 20-year-old student of Belgorod State National Research University (Belgorod, Russia), was awarded second place for the video clip titled «Corruption will kill your future – do not become a puppet in the hands of corruption»;

Tamerlan Jafarov, 21-year-old student of Baku State University (Baku, Azerbaijan), was awarded third place for the work titled «Say NO to corruption».

The finalists of the International Competition were awarded medals of honor, souvenirs and valuable gifts.