Figure of the Day: Corruption


December 2016, Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika announced the damage from corruption amounted to 43.8 billion rubles ($737.7m).

"The amount of material damage caused by corruption-related crimes amounted to 43.8 billion rubles this year. According to statistics, the share of material damage from corruption is approximately 10% of the total amount of damage from all types of crimes in Russia," he told Interfax.

In addition, Chaika noted that a part of the damage was compensated: the criminals voluntarily repaid the damages on the total sum of 6.8 billion rubles, and law enforcement agencies seized property and cash funds for the total sum of 10 billion rubles. Property for 34.6 billion rubles was arrested.

During the period of one and a half year, courts satisfied civil lawsuits on corruption crimes for 11 billion rubles.

ВApril 2017, RIA Novosti quoted Chaika's report On the Rule of Law and Order.

"In 2016, 32 924 corruption crimes were registered, which is 1.4% more than in 2015. The amount of damage caused to the budget amounted to more than 78 billion rubles ($1.3b)," the report says.

Difference between the declared figures is 34.2 billion rubles ($5.7m): where did this money come from, the Prosecutor General did not specify.

In 2016, several major corruption scandals in Russia took place: for example, the case of Colonel Zakharchenko. Zakharchenko is charged with taking a bribe in the amount of 7 million rubles from the ex-head of Rusinzhiniring Anatoly Pshehornitsky, $800.000 in cash and 3.5 million rubles in the form of a discount card of the restaurant "La Mare" from restaurateur Medi Duss.

Ex-governor of the Kirov region, Nikita Belykh, was detained on June 24 in a Moscow restaurant. According to investigators, from 2012 to 2016, Belykh received bribes amounting to €400 thousand personally and through intermediaries.

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