Russian tax official charged with bribe-taking

6th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The deputy head of a Moscow tax office has been charged with bribe-taking, a spokesman for the city police's economic crimes department told the RIA Novosti news agency.

Tatyana Demenok, deputy head of the city's only tax office that registers new firms, was arrested as she accepted a bribe in her office, the spokesman, Filipp Zolotnitsky, told RIA Novosti.

The tax official asked for a bribe of 90,000 rubles (3,014 US dollars) to register a company without waiting time or a document check, Zolotnitsky said, adding that police found other unexplained cash in her office.

Demenok could serve up to 10 years in jail if convicted.

Russia ranked 146 out of 180 countries on corruption in a survey by Transparency International last year on the attitudes of business people and analysts.

President Dmitry Medvedev has made the fight against corruption one of his key policy goals, but complained in July that "so far I do not see any significant progress in this direction."

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