Corruption in Russia’s military has quadrupled to 7 billion rubles ($109.8 million) last year, the top federal military prosecutor said on Thursday.
Russia ranks among the world’s most corrupt countries in international ratings, with corruption-related crimes costing an estimated $2.5 billion in damages between 2014 and 2017. Observers have said that anti-graft campaigns under President Vladimir Putin’s rule have brought little progress.
“The crimes in this category aren’t going down, and the damage caused has increased fourfold [since 2017] to exceed 7 billion rubles,” the state-run TASS news agency quoted Chief Military Prosecutor Valery Petrov as saying.
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