Number of corruption crimes in Russia increased, Prosecutor General's Office states
The number of revealed bribe cases for the year increased by 11%.
According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, in 2018, the level of corruption in Russia has increased. Crimes provided for in the article on bribe-giving have increased by 11% - almost 29,000, and, in general, the corruption rate increased by 2.3%, representative of the supervisory authority Alexander Kurennoy reported.
“The number of offenses, provided for in the Article 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-taking) on a nationwide scale has increased from 3094 to 3315. The number of crimes stipulated in Article 291 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-giving) in Russia amounted to 2408, the cases of bribe-giving have increased by a little more than 11%,” Kurennoy said.
Earlier, the Prosecutor General’s Office determined the average size of a bribe in 2018 – 609,000 rubles ($ 8,800). In total, the illegal remuneration appearing in criminal cases amounted to 1.8 billion rubles ($ 26 million). According to the authority’s observations, a typical corrupt official is an exemplary family man with good education and position in society.
Seventeen Russian Governors are facing criminal prosecution for bribe-taking. The rest of them may be jailed any time for exceedance of official powers. At least, Nezygar (@russica2) Telegram channel claims so citing an unidentified source in the law enforcement structures. However, according to that source, it is currently prohibited to prosecute top-level officials. In 2018, the operatives had only searched offices of Vice Governors or Deputy Ministers – not their bosses. The CrimeRussia found out what supreme functionaries are on the hook of the law enforcement authorities and may be immediately indicted if the President orders so.