A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Elena Artukh

Elena Artukh

Commissioner of the Sverdlovsk Region for the Protection of Entrepreneurs’ Rights
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29.06.2022
St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 2022
Defining the Boundaries of Crime as a Way to Decriminalize Economic Activity and Improve the Business Climate
An activity that involves a legally permitted risk” in my opinion gives us reason to talk about a certain amount of the entrepreneur's right to err in running their business. It seems to me that there is no need to criminalize those areas of business activity, relations, and the consequences where state control and oversight will suffice. Even if an entrepreneur makes a mistake, they have to be held financially liable not criminally prosecuted. <...> I think it is very important to define business entity in legal terms. We have a definition of entrepreneurial activity, but we don't have a clear and consistent list of such entities
29.06.2022
St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 2022
Defining the Boundaries of Crime as a Way to Decriminalize Economic Activity and Improve the Business Climate
This year marks ten years since the state human rights institution – Business Ombudsman – was established in the Russian Federation. The annual report by the Federal Business Ombudsman, Boris Titov, the Presidential Commissioner Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, is one of the forms of reporting. This year such a report was presented too. In preparation for the report, materials are gathered, information is analysed, and a survey is conducted by the Federal Guard Service regarding various entrepreneurial problems. All this information was processed and presented in the report. <...> Surveys were conducted in all 85 federal subjects of the Russian Federation. The question was “In your opinion, is business in the Russian Federation protected from unwarranted criminal prosecution?” – and 51% of those surveyed cumulatively answered “rather not” or a definite “no”. So, 51% of responders do not believe businesses in the Russian Federation are protected from criminal prosecution! <...> So, what is the fate of prosecutions for economic crimes? Colleagues, 40% of the cases are still pending, so we can't say anything about their fate yet. They are under investigation. An acquittal, dismissal, or stay of proceedings is another 40%. What does it mean to have been in business for more than 10 years in Russia? I would say... one year counts as at least three. <...> What are the consequences of criminal proceedings against businessmen? A total of 74% of those who have been criminally prosecuted said that their business was completely or partly destroyed and that they do not plan to run it any more. <...> It seems to me that this is more than enough of an illustration to talk about the problem, and better yet, to address it