Average bribe in Russia for 2018 is $9,000

Average bribe in Russia for 2018 is $9,000
The average bribe in Russia was RUB609,000 ($9,000) in 2018 while the total amount of uncovered bribes in January-September 2018 stood at RUB1.8bn ($26.7mn)
By bne IntelliNews December 19, 2018

Average bribe in Russia is estimated by the Public Prosecution Service at RUB609,000 ($9,000), while the total amount of uncovered bribes in January-September 2018 stood at RUB1.8bn ($26.7mn), as reported by Vedomosti daily.

The number of uncovered bribes increased by 3% year-on-year, with suspected bribetakers exceeding 1,000. Out of that more than 400 were law enforcement and military officials. The number of cases of bribery mediation increased by 16%.

Previously the the Academy of the Prosecutor General’s Office has gathered info from the "interviews" with people convicted for corruption and concluded that despite the popular image of being greedy and power-hungry, the average Russian bribe-taker is an active, energetic, and entrepreneurial person.

The Kremlin has launched a drive to overhaul the Russian economy and make it more efficient. It has identified corruption as a major hindrance to Russia’s competitiveness and has begun the process of stamping out corruption in the rank and file – with mixed results.

The damage caused by corruption-related crimes has exceeded RUB123bn ($2bn) over the past seven years, chairman of Russia’s Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin said in December during a conference in the All-Russian State University of Justice.

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