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For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Russian lawyer, scholar to discuss persistent corruption in homeland

     Rochester, Mich. – Corruption has been an essential part of life in Russia for centuries – from the Russian Empire to the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation, the taking of bribes has been a natural thing.

      On Wednesday, April 10, Ekaterina Mishina of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, will come to Oakland University to share her analysis of why corruption continues to flourish in Russia.

     She will also discuss how it will remain one of the country's great challenges going forward and how it will threaten the country's independence as the criminal structure, government and big business continue merging.

     Mishina, a lawyer and assistant professor, holds a law degree from Moscow State University Law School. Her insight is culled from her experience at the Constitutional Court of Russia, the Legal Department of the Russina cable company Mostelcom, the Information Science for Democracy Foundation, World Bank, Ford Foundation, European Union, USAID and the Open Russia Foundation.

     Admission to the lecture, which will place from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Elliott Hall Auditorium on Oakland University's campus, is free. Attendees are asked to register online, however, at Interactive and printable maps of Oakland's campus are available at

     The lecture is presented by the Center for Integrated Business and Research Education at Oakland University's School of Business Administration, Oakland University's College of Arts and Sciences, Cooley Law School, Miller Canfield, and Graduate Business Leaders of Oakland University's School of Business Administration.

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