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April lecture focuses on corruption in Russia

Monday, March 4, 2013
April lecture focuses on corruption in Russia

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

On April 10, Ekaterina Mishina, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, comes to Oakland University to share her analysis of why corruption continues to flourish in Russia and discuss how the endemic corruption will remain one of the country’s great challenges going forward, threatening the country’s independence as the criminal structure, government and big business continue merging.

The lecture, which takes place 5-6:30 p.m. in the Elliott Hall Auditorium on Oakland University’s campus is free, but please reserve your spot by contacting Theawiana English 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.

Professor Ekaterina Mishina, a Russian lawyer, holds her JD from Moscow State University Law School. Her insight is culled from her experience at the Constitutional Court of Russia, head of the Legal Department of Mostelcom, a Russian cable company, Information Science for Democracy Foundation, World Bank, Ford Foundation, European Union and USAID; as well as her work with the Law-Making and Club of Regional Journalism projects of the Open Russia Foundation. She was a visiting scholar at New York University, held internships in the U.S. Congress and Washington, D.C., office of Gardner, Curton & Douglas, and took part in the U.S. Department of State's U.S.-Russia Experts Forum in 2006. Since 2005 she has worked as an assistant professor for the National Research University, Higher School of Economics in Moscow, where she teaches comparative constitutional law.