INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated April 18, 2019

State Spending Watchdog Site Publishes Report on State Contracts

June 21, 2011

As world experience has shown, transparency in government implies not only the access of information for citizens but also the efficacy of the instruments of access and the quality of the information itself. And this is particularly true in relation to issues concerning the expenditure of state funds.

In 2010 the Institute of Contemporary Development initiated a project called RosGosZatraty (Russian State Expenditures – rosspending.ru), the aim of which is to provide transparency and accountability of state bodies with regard to all types of state expenditures – state orders, contracts and grants. Today this project includes all information about purchases from 2007 to 2010 and work is underway to enter data for 2011.

In carrying out this work, the project team encountered many difficulties arising from the problems with the veracity of the information on state contracts and the quality of its disclosure. This problem turned out to be so significant that it became the subject of a separate research project. Special work was done to systematize and assess the scale of problem.

This report summarizes the results of our assessments of the most critical and most easily verifiable methods for ascertaining the authenticity of information about state orders, contracts and organizations. This report only covers data from 2011, as this information is most topical and qualitative.

The report, which is available only in Russian, can be found here.