Almost 7,500 people have been found guilty on charges of bribery last year, more than half of them for giving or taking less than $150, according to data released by the Russian Supreme Court’s justice department.
Anti-corruption activists say official figures vastly underestimate the prevalence of bribery in a country that ranks low in transparency and high in corruption. Russian prosecutors have cracked down on $27 million in bribes between January and September 2018.
At least 2,167 people were convicted of bribe-taking and 1,552 for bribe-giving, the Supreme Court’s 2018 data released on Sunday states.
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