Military corruption costs Russia some $80 million

December 2nd, 2008 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Dec 2 (RIA Novosti) Corruption in the Russian defence forces resulted in losses of 2.2 billion rubles ($79.6 million) to the state budget in the first nine months of the year, a Russian daily cited a senior prosecutor as saying Tuesday.The number of corruption-related cases in the armed forces totalled 1,400 during the period.

“The number of corruption cases increased by at least 30 percent compared to the same period last year. The losses (to the state exchequer) amounted to 2.2 billion rubles, which is enough to buy at least 30 modern T-90 main battle tanks,” Alexander Sorochkin, deputy chief of the Prosecutor’s Office Investigations Committee, told Rossiiskaya Gazeta in an interview published Tuesday.

Chief military prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky said Nov 6 that while the country’ general crime graph is declining, offences in various units of the army are rising.

Among these crimes, instances of bribe-taking and abuse of office increased 50 percent, he said.

President Dmitry Medvedev has made the fight against corruption one of his top priorities since coming to office in May, signing a decree to set up a presidential anti-corruption council two weeks after his inauguration.

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