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Corruption in Russia up by 30%: Report

The number of corruption-related crimes in Russia has risen by almost one-third during the first six months of 2012, year-on-year, according to Investigative Committee (IC) spokesperson Vladimir Markin.



Moscow: The number of corruption-related crimes in Russia has risen by almost one-third during the first six months of 2012, year-on-year, according to Investigative Committee (IC) spokesperson Vladimir Markin.

"During the first half of 2012, IC investigators handled 15,800 cases on corruption-related crimes, which is more than 5,000 than in the same period last year (10,400)," Markin said, citing Committee head Alexander Bastrykin.

Markin attributed this rise to a higher crime clearance rate, noting that the proportion of unsolved corruption crimes was significantly lower than that in other kinds of crime.

Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International ranks Russia 143rd (out of 182) in its 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

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