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Average Russian Bribe Doubles To $4,000 Over Past Year

Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev (file photo)
Russia's interior minister has said at a meeting of ministry officials that the average bribe in Russia has doubled over the last year and now amounts to some 145,000 rubles ($4,000).

Vladimir Kolokoltsev told the meeting that the number of bribery cases registered by the Interior Ministry in 2013 had risen by some 18 percent and that the number of "large or especially large bribes is 50 percent" of those uncovered during last year.

Kolokoltsev indicated most of the bribes were paid to resolve housing problems, saying that during 2013 more than 3,000 crimes involving bribes for housing were recorded.

Kolokoltsev said these crimes involved payments totaling some 3.6 billion rubles ($99 million).

Based on reporting by "Komsomolskaya pravda" and Interfax