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Such greedy bribe takers in Russia have not yet caught

October 19 2005

While the record in Russia - was proved in court the bribe size of 250 thousand dollars. For it to seven and a half years was sentenced vice governor of Krasnoyarsk Krai Suladze. The prosecutors did not rule out that in fact there will be other defendants. While helpers: Oleg Alekseev - deputy head of credit institutions of the Federal Tax Service, the lawyer of the Moscow territorial administration of the Bank of Russia Alexei Mishin. Million - is only a part. Total amount - 5.3 million dollars. Bribe-takers arrested. They were charged with receiving bribes especially large in a preliminary agreement by a group of persons. "Mishin organized meetings with the heads of the bank and directly participated in the negotiations, took part in all conversations" - tells about the activities of an official investigator for particularly important cases of prosecution of Moscow Ilya Malofeev. The prosecutors say: Mishin - a good lawyer. He gave quite competent advice as to save the bank from tax claims. It is not clear whether tax claims are invented Alexeyev and Mishin to extort money or the bank actually violated the law. We are talking about the bank "Russian Capital". Chairman of the Board of Directors of the bank itself Ivashchenko the FSB with the statement of the illegal actions of officials. In "Russian capital" does not comment on the situation. The sum of tax claims against "the Russian capital - 50-60 million dollars. 5.3 million is about 10% of this amount. This is the standard bribe for getting rid of tax problems. So huge money in a suitcase can surprise the only amateur. The power of officials is expensive. By some estimates, the market for bribes in Russia is 316 billion dollars. Bureaucracy - the most high-paying service sector. In the latest ranking of world corruption, compiled by the organization Transparency International, Russia ranks 126 th out of 159 possible. This level of Niger. Mishin and Alekseev faces up to 12 years. But now more and more sound proposal not only put bribe but confiscation of their property, reports BBC News.

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