June 15, the Ministry of Internal Affairs published a report on the situation regarding crime in the period from January to May 2017. In just five months, 845,800 crimes were identified, including 56 thousand economically oriented crimes.
The police revealed 11,391 corruption crimes, which is one-fifth of all economic crimes. Of these, 3,343 crimes were committed on a large or an especially large scale.
Criminal cases against 4 thousand people have been referred to the court.
According to the Levada Center survey, carried out in March 2017, 16% of the population of Russia believe that “corruption and bribery can be completely eradicated in the country.” By contrast, in July 2000, such was the answer of only 12% of those surveyed. Despite this, every fifth respondent finds it acceptable to solve everyday issues with the help of bribes.
In addition, 22% of Russians faced corruption over the past three years; most often – when violating traffic rules, obtaining a driver's license, and staying in a hospital.
Russia is ranked 131th out of 176 in the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index for 2016, ending up in the company of Iran and Nepal. Researchers note some improvements in the field of anti-corruption legislation, but law enforcement practice does not change much.
In 2016, the MIA recorded 13.7 thousand corruption crimes. This is 200 less than in the previous year. From 2010 to 2016, the average size of a bribe increased fivefold – from 61 thousand rubles to 328 thousand rubles.