The number of corruption related crimes in Russia rose by almost 25 percent in 2012, according to a report by the Prosecutor General’s Office sent to parliament on Wednesday.
About 49,513 corruption crimes were registered in 2012, compared to 40,407 in 2011, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said. Over 13,500 individuals have been prosecuted.
The most widely-spread types of corruption crimes in Russia are frauds, misappropriation of funds or embezzlement involving abuse of office. Corruption concentrates around budgetary funds under government defense contracts, transactions involving federal or municipal property, and the exercise of supervisory functions over private business entities.
The Transparency International global watchdog estimated the cost of corruption in Russia at $300 billion in 2012, placing Russia 133rd out of 174 countries in its Corruption Perceptions Index last year.
Last year Russian top officials started a big anti-corruption campaign, promising to take several important measures in order to fight down corrupt practice. But, as it can be seen from the recent report, the results of it are still very small.
Author: Julia Alieva