Russian Corruption ‘Out of Control’

Via Al Jazeera:

Valery Morozov, a successful Russian businessman has been granted political asylum in Britain after exposing an alleged corruption scandal involving officials and police in Russia. Hoping to build a hotel in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, he says he paid about $10.5m in bribes to keep the contract from a competitor with close ties to the government, contributing to an estimated $300bn in bribes paid by Russians every year, according to the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International.

7 Comments on "Russian Corruption ‘Out of Control’"

  1. just open your eyes its all around us !!!!!

  2. Liam_McGonagle | Mar 23, 2012 at 11:46 am |

    I realise that the Bertie Ahern example is small pickings by comparison (less than $300k), but I think it deserves a runner-up place for corruption by world political leaders on the basis on sheer cheek.  Ireland’s a tiny nation, but some of their politicians have cajones that require a wheelbarrow be appended to their trousers.

    Quote from the AP’s recap of the Mahon investigation:

    “During his 15 days of testimony in 2007, Ahern admitted keeping most of the money in personal safes at his office and home from 1992 to 1994; failing to keep a personal bank account during much of the time under investigation; and paying no tax on any of it until the investigators uncovered its existence.”

    That’s right.  Bertie Ahern expected the Irish people to take it as unremarkable that their own finance minister didn’t have a personal bank account.

  3. The great media war between Al Jazeera and Russia Today

    • Liam_McGonagle | Mar 24, 2012 at 11:37 am |

      Which is probably the ideal situation.

      It’s probably too much to ask for any single media outlet to both have the resources to span the entire globe and be as chaste as a vestal virgin.  In that situation, the best possible scenario is to have multiple outlets vigorously fighting one another.

      And for the audience to have enough grasp of geopolitics, history and logic to make reasoned judgments.

    •  Yet they both still come off far more accurate than Fox not-news, now that’s pitiful for the US fourth estate, which apparently is propaganda now and no longer to be consider news (truthful reporting of the facts).

  4. smooth_operator | Mar 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm |

    Ironic that it’s called corruption in Russia. In America taking bribes is legal. Representatives even let business lawyers write legislation.

  5. Russian politics is unique, you either gain power through finances or through politics, cross that line and one side or the other even both will be out to get you.
    The richest Russian’s are the one who blatantly and corruptly looted the Soviet Union at the end of it’s reign, every single Russian billionaire should be in jail as a thief not one exception.
    So yet another corrupt Russian business man by his own public confession, who likely got pissed off at losing and got carried away with himself creating very serious enemies amongst his criminal co-conspirator crowd.
    So why exactly is England granting asylum to an admitted criminal who pays bribes to gain government work are they becoming the new Switzerland or global corruption financing.

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