March 06 2018 - 10:03

Bribe Taking in Russia Triples in 2017, new Figures Show

Ilya Naymushin / Reuters

Russia’s National Anti-Corruption Committee has seen a tripling in bribe-taking in the past year to nearly $119 million. 

Transparency International anti-corruption charity’s global survey said that every third Russian paid a bribe for public services in 2017. Russia ranked 135th out of 180 countries in the NGO’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index.

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“The total amount of bribes received for all reported crimes under Article 290 of Russia’s Criminal Code amounted to 6.7 billion rubles [$119 million],” the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Monday, citing the anti-corruption committee’s bulletin. 

In 2016, the committee recorded 2.3 billion ($41 million) rubles in accepted bribes, the news agency reported. 

The RBC business portal cited Transparency International Russia’s deputy head Ilya Shumanov as saying that 7 billion rubles in accepted bribes was the “tip of the iceberg.”

“Approximately the same amount was found in the apartment of Interior Ministry colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko,” Shumanov said, referring to a continuing high-profile case involving the former anti-corruption cop.

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