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26 March 2009

Rampant corruption in Russia

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.

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