Russian officials name average bribe: 1,390 US dollars

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Russian law enforcement officials uncovered more than 35,000 corruption-related crimes this year, with the average bribe topping 1,390 US dollars, top police officials said Wednesday.

"In January to September 2010, Russian law enforcement officials have uncovered more than 35,000 corruption-related crimes," said the head of the interior ministry's economic security department.

The number of bribery cases grew 17.5 percent compared to the same period last year, the ministry's economic security chief, Yury Shalakov, said in comments made at a conference and posted on the ministry's website.

The average bribe topped 42,500 rubles (1,390 US dollars) while the average "commercial" bribe was nearly 90,000 rubles, Alexander Nazarov, the department's deputy chief, was quoted as saying.

Russia was ranked among the world's 25 most corrupt countries in Transparency International's annual index of perceptions of corruption, released Tuesday.

President Dmitry Medvedev has introduced anti-corruption measures including ordering officials and their family members to publicly declare income and property. But he said in July that he did not see any "significant success."

© 2010 AFP

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