Conference ‘Organized Crime as a Brake on Socio-Economic Development’

On 8 April 2021, within the framework of the VIII Moscow Legal Forum ‘Socio-Economic Development and Quality of Legal Environment,’ the Conference ‘Organized Crime as a Brake on Socio-Economic Development’ was held at Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL).

The Conference was organized by the Criminology and Criminal Enforcement Law Chair of the MSAL together with the Union of Criminalists and Criminologists.

The Conference was co-organized by the Moscow Kikot University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Tkachevsky Research and Educational Center ‘Problems of Criminal Enforcement Law,’ Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Russian Section of the International Association.

Within the Conference, a new textbook ‘Problems of fighting organized crime’ by Koroleva M.V. and Matskevich I.M (Moscow: Prospekt Publishing House, 2021) was presented.

The event was attended by prominent scientists, experts in the field of criminal law and national security, practicing lawyers and economists, psychologists and criminologists, specialists in other fields, as well as heads of Representative Offices of the Union of Criminalists and Criminologists from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Hungary, Germany, North Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and other countries.

President of the Union of Criminalists and Criminologists, Head the Criminology and Criminal Enforcement Law Chair of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University, Doctor of Legal Sciences, Professor Igor M. Matskevich opened the Conference and drew the colleagues’ attention to the urgency of the problem reflected in the new textbook, as well as the specifics of the perception and analysis of scientific material.

Vice-President of the Union of Criminalists and Criminologists, Deputy Director of the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences for International Cooperation, Vice-President of the International Association of Prosecutors, Doctor of Legal Sciences, Professor Alexander G. Zvyagintsev also made welcome remarks.

Vladimir S. Ovchinsky, Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, member of the Expert Council of the Commission of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Combatting Corruption, Major General of the Police (retired) welcomed the conference participants and informed them about the necessity to create a special department of a new type that would be able to comprehensively combat the key threat to the modern security system – cybercrime. The adviser recommended reading a book on methods of countering digital crime: ‘Cyberpolice XXI. International experience’ (authors V.S. Ovchinsky, Yu.N. Zhdanov, edited by S.K. Kuznetsov, 2020).

Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Colonel General Alexander V. Fedorov outlined the concept of organized crime and described the tools it operates in his report on the topic ‘Causes of economic crime.’

The event featured presentations by: Vladimir A.Gamza, Chairman of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation on Financial, Industrial and Investment Policy (topic: ‘Financial sources of organized crime’), Vitaly A.Nomokonov, Director of the Center for the Study of Organized Crime, Doctor of Legal Sciences, Professor (topic: ‘Organized crime as the main threat to the State’), Nikolai A. Romanov, Deputy President of the Community of the Postgraduate Alumni of the KGB USSR Higher School – the FSB Academy (topic: ‘Organized crime and political extremism’), Oleg M. Khlobustov, member of the Community, expert of the National and International Security Foundation (topic: ‘Historical aspects of organizational violent attacks on the constitutional order (on the example of terrorism)’), Svetlana V. Sheveleva, Dean of the Law Faculty of Southwestern State University (topic: ‘The new status of A.U.E. in the light of the decision of the highest court’), Andrey A. Degterev, Candidate of Legal Sciences (topic: ‘The fight against organized crime in the system of implementing the electoral law in Russia’) and Maria S. Lavrentieva, Candidate of Legal Sciences, Associate Professor (topic: ‘Counterfeit products as an object of economic crime’).

Translated by Elizaveta O. Ovchinnikova

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