from Washington Times
Prosecutors filed charges last year against 12,000 officials accused of corruption, and one prosecutor said government officials' income from corruption is equal to about one-third of the national budget. Russia ranks near Bangladesh, Kenya and Syria on a global corruption index of the watchdog group Transparency International. Official corruption has increased since Vladimir Putin's eight-year tenure as president and now prime minister. Putin tightened state control over the economy and restricted post-Soviet freedoms.