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Average bribe grows to about $10,000 in Russia, says police

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Aug. 10, 2011, 8:54 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine
Moscow, August 10 (Interfax) - The average size of a bribe has risen to 300,000 rubles in Russia, chief of the Interior Ministry's Main Economic Security Department Denis Sugrobov said. "The average bribe has increased considerably compared to last year, reaching 300,000 rubles," he told reporters on Wednesday.

"Officials in charge of purchases and the placement of orders for state and municipal needs are particularly infected with bribe-taking," he said.

The Main Economic Security Department reported in July 2010 that the average bribe amounted to 44,000 rubles in Russia.

The figure was 42,500 rubles in private dealings in October, and 90,000 rubles in corporate affairs.

Meanwhile, Transparency International said the average bribe could be 300,000 rubles in Russia.

"In reality, the figure could be much higher," chief of Transparency International's Russian office Yelena Panfilova told Interfax on Wednesday.

"Three hundred thousand rubles is the average business bribe, not connected with mega projects. It is a bribe that medium-level businesses give to officials. The sphere of state purchases is particularly blighted with bribe-taking," she said.

"The bribe of 300,000 rubles does not stand for the average corruption index. It is the average bribe in crimes investigated by the Main Department for Economic Security," she said.

"In principle it is normal that bribes are becoming larger in size. It is evidence that law enforcement services are getting nearer to large-scale affairs. If they work even more effectively and thoroughly, the average bribe will grow more," Panfilova said.
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lee ezekiel Aug. 10, 2011, 10:30 p.m.    

like in ukraine.

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Anonymous Aug. 11, 2011, 1:22 a.m.    

Maybe smaller amounts in Ukraine, but yes, same kind.

I still remember the big words about that &quot;Bribekilling&quot; in Russia, that focus should be put on stopping bribes. Seems to just have been words. Suprice?

HOW to start the necessary changes in these countries? Bribes efficiantly stops most of development of sociaty.

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Anonymous Aug. 11, 2011, 11:24 a.m.    

How to start? Take Georgia's example. Take out of government the Soviet mentallity - start at the top AND bottom. Bring in people who have European/American ethics (will not be 100% perfect, but 10% may still be crooks which is a lot better than the 90% we have at the moment). Pay good salaries to everybody - public and private employees. Pay your fair share of taxes so the government gets the revenue to improve services. If the Soviet criminal mentality is removed, government tenders and selling of assets will be open, fair and attract the best prices - no more giving away lucrative business (e.g. digital TV networks) to your buddies for a nice commission into your Swiss bank account).

How to start - government is on behalf of the people, so the people should take back their country as the governemnt is for itself, not the people.

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Anonymous Aug. 11, 2011, 12:54 p.m.    

Excellent words. When citizens of a democracy complain about the government they only have themselves to blame.

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Anonymous Aug. 11, 2011, 8:09 p.m.    

Bring in people with American Ethics HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA good one there. 90% of American politicians are lying scumbag fornicators. They are know for there extra marital affairs.

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