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Russian military corruption leapt 450% last year, prosecutor general claims

11 July 2013

Corruption in Russia's armed forces and defence procurement and support sectors so far this year has soared 450% compared with the same period last year, reaching more than RUR4.4 billion (USD130 million), the Prosecutor General's Office said on July 11.

"The damage to the state caused by corruption crimes this year rose by five-and-a-half times to over 4.4 billion rubles," the Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement. "Every third corruption offence is committed by civil servants and civilian personnel."

Although overall crime in the armed forces has fallen, 20% of it remains corruption-related, the prosecutor's office said.

"There is still a high level of bribe-taking, forgery in public office, abuse of power for selfish interests," it said.



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