Average bribe in Russia doubles in past year, reaches 145,000 rubles

The average amount of a bribe in Russia almost doubled in the past year and reached 145,000 rubles, Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said at an expanded board meeting of the ministry on Friday.

The average amount of a bribe in Russia almost doubled in the past year and reached 145,000 rubles, Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said at an expanded board meeting of the ministry on Friday.

"As a result of the joint work with an interested ministry, the number of bribery cases registered grew by 18%. The rise in the number of large or especially large bribes registered is 50 percent. At that, the average bribe almost doubled and it amounts to 145,000 rubles," Kolokoltsev said.

In 2013 the number of bribery incidents, which were detected by police and were attempted by a group upon previous collusion, tripled, while the number of closed bribery cases committed by organized groups or minor criminal community was up by 60 percent, the minister said.

The Interior Ministry pays attention firstly to most dangerous manifestation of corruption - crimes committed by high-level officials involving large bribes, Kolokoltsev said.

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