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Slavgorodskaya O.A. Implementing the Coordination of the Law Enforcement Activities in the Process of Ensuring the Safety of Witnesses in Investigating Corruption-Related Crimes

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/lc.jvolsu.2021.2.14

Olga A. Slavgorodskaya, Candidate of Sciences (Jurisprudence), Associate Professor, Department of Criminalistics, Saratov State Law Academy, Volskaya St, 1, 410056 Saratov, Russian Federation, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6652-0744


Introduction: anti-corruption issues are not only a domestic problem, but also an international one. The practice of organizing the coordination of the law enforcement activities in this direction can be successfully translated into the solution of these issues at the interstate level. Special attention in this area should be paid to the issues of combating corruption by increasing the participation of citizens. One type of such participation is witnessing. However, the participation of citizens as witnesses in the investigation of corruption-related crimes has only positive prospects if they understand not only the importance of involvement in the process of proof, but also the awareness of their protection from any encroachments. In this connection, further improvement of the activities aimed at protecting witnesses and providing them with an appropriate level of security requires the formation of a highly coordinated interaction of all the law enforcement agencies involved in this process. The purpose of the study: to identify the main areas of optimization of the existing ones and consider promising opportunities for improving the security of witnesses in the investigation of corruption-related crimes. The research objectives: in the study of this problem, to highlight its internal structure and to consider the possibilities of implementing joint international cooperation in the field under study. Methods: the methodological framework for this study is the system method, the methods of analysis, synthesis, the comparative legal and formal legal methods, and others. Results: the issues considered in the paper characterize the content of the procedure for ensuring the safety of witnesses through the prism of studying the existing features of the content of the entire essence of this process, which determines the need to create the conditions for the protection of the parties to criminal proceedings in the investigation of corruption-related crimes. The possible areas for improving the application of witness protection measures have been identified. It is assumed that the use of the full potential of the opportunities will ensure the safety of witnesses and will increase the active participation of citizens in the fight against corruption. It is emphasized that the full implementation of the research activity is only possible with the effective interaction of all its participants in the presence of a single coordination center. It provides for the possibility of implementing measures to achieve international cooperation in the area of the law enforcement activities under consideration. Conclusions: as a result of the study, the key types of threats against witnesses were identified, and the conditions for applying measures to ensure the safety of witnesses were revealed. The possibilities of implementing the interaction of the law enforcement agencies in the implementation of the state protection are established.

Key words: security, coordination, corruption, international cooperation, witness, threats.

Citation. Slavgorodskaya O.A. Implementing the Coordination of the Law Enforcement Activities in the Process of Ensuring the Safety of Witnesses in Investigating Corruption-Related Crimes. Legal Concept = Pravovaya paradigma, 2021, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 107-113. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/lc.jvolsu.2021.2.14

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