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Corruption in Russia’s Military Quadrupled in 2018, Prosecutors Say

Corruption in Russia is deemed semi-acceptable by Russian law. 

Why is it, then, no surprise that corruption in the Russian military is rampant?

According to 4 Types of Political Corruption, there are 4 types of corruption. 

Types of Corruption

1) Payoffs and Bribes 

2) Graft and Embezzlement 

3) Blackmail and Extortion 

4) Preferential Treatment 

The first two, payoffs, bribes, graft, and embezzlement, are the most common in regards to the Russian military.  Payoffs and bribes to gain a military contract are rampant, then skimming off the top of the profits follows.  

This is also a common standard operating procedure for Russian Oligarchs, regardless of their field, but many have come to an “understanding” with President Putin.  Dealing with the Russian military, however, is a bit more tightly controlled, hence there is a greater chance of being caught – or turned in.  

This is all a part of Putin’s Kleptocracy in Russia.  

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Corruption in Russia’s military has quadrupled to 7 billion rubles ($109.8 million) last year, the top federal military prosecutor said on Thursday.

Russia ranks among the world’s most corrupt countries in international ratings, with corruption-related crimes costing an estimated $2.5 billion in damages between 2014 and 2017. Observers have said that anti-graft campaigns under President Vladimir Putin’s rule have brought little progress.

“The crimes in this category aren’t going down, and the damage caused has increased fourfold [since 2017] to exceed 7 billion rubles,” the state-run TASS news agency quoted Chief Military Prosecutor Valery Petrov as saying.

Speaking at the annual board meeting of the chief military prosecutor’s office, Petrov identified corruption as “the root cause of most problems in the rule of law,” calling on nationwide efforts to crack down on violations.

More than 2,800 Russian military officials were brought to justice for corruption in 2018, he said.

The chief military prosecutor’s office oversees more than 7,000 state contracts valued at 1.7 trillion rubles, Interfax quoted him as saying.


2 thoughts on “Corruption in Russia’s Military Quadrupled in 2018, Prosecutors Say

  1. Don’t forget that laws against bribery and embezzlement in a corrupt country can be very selective. As long as you are loyal to the regime the authorities are blind to his (it’s usually a he) corrupt nature. When a disloyal person turns up corrupt they can easily remove him by singling him out for prosecution and replace him with someone loyal. Still it looks good in the western world. Or so they wish.

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