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The Ministry of Internal Affairs has calculated the average size of a bribe in Moscow, which made 2 million rubles ($33.260) in 2016, stated Major General of Police Oleg Baranov, the chief of the Moscow office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in an interview to Interfax (the report has been deleted).
In 2015, the average size was more than half the current bribe, 654 thousand rubles ($10.800). In general, the median Russian bribe used to be 173 thousand rubles ($2.800), which also increased last year and became as much as 328 thousand rubles ($5.450).
Major General of Police Oleg Baranov, the chief of the Moscow office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs also reported on the increase in the bribes of an especially large scale: the value increased by 2.5 times in the "segment".
A total of 8.800 crimes in the economic sphere were documented in Moscow last year, the Ministry said. The Investigative Committee stated that 19.500 criminal cases associated with corruption were started last year.
Over the period from January to May this year, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported over 11.000 corruption cases.
The Ministry stressed that giving and receiving bribes were the most common violations (Art. 290 and Art. 291 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), swindling (Art. 159), misappropriation or embezzlement (Art. 160) and abuse of official powers (Art. 285).