Russian activists urge Rutte to act against corruption

20th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

On Wednesday, Russian human rights activists in Moscow called on Prime Minister Mark Rutte to uphold Dutch ethical norms in doing business with Russia. Mr Rutte is on a three-day visit to Moscow and St Petersburg. The Dutch prime minister is being accompanied by a large business delegation.

The first item on Mr Rutte’s agenda was a meeting with four human rights and anti-corruption activists. They advised the Dutch business delegation to always be very critical in selecting potential business partners.

Famous anti-corruption activist Aleksey Navalny painted a disconcerting picture of his country. "It is impossible to do business here without corruption; it would be far too expensive.” He pointed to the role the Netherlands could play by taking action against Gunvor, one of the world’s biggest oil trading companies, which is registered in the Netherlands. Mr Navalny says he has proof that Gunvor is engaged in money laundering.

In a reaction, the Dutch prime minister said he had “great respect and admiration” for the Russian whistleblower's work, but felt there was no reason to suspect that Russian money was being laundered in the Netherlands. “The Netherlands meets the highest standards. We have ratified all kinds of treaties against corruption.”


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