Corruption detection rate soars in Moscow

The number of detected crimes of corruption in Moscow has risen significantly in 2012, Moscow Prosecutor Sergei Kudeneyev said.

In the first six months of 2012, Moscow prosecutors detected 1,238 violations of the anti-corruption laws, up almost 40 percent on the same period in 2011, he said at a meeting with other prosecutors on Friday. "The number of registered crimes against the interests of the service in commercial and other organizations has almost tripled; crimes against the state power and administration rose by 2 percent," the Moscow prosecutor said.

In the private economic sector, the detection rate for fraud committed by business executives has increased by 74 percent, he said. Financial losses from by corruption crimes have tripled.

Prosecutorial checks led to 16 criminal cases over corruption being launched in 2012, Kudeneyev said.

In January-June 2012, the number of registered crimes related with bribe taking and giving in Moscow dropped by 17 percent.

"The number of registered bribery-related crimes has dropped by 17 percent," the Moscow prosecutor said. "The number of criminal cases over corruption sent to courts with an indictment dropped by 11%." 

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