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Russia’s shocking corruption belies Medvedev’s tough rhetoric

Everyone knows that Russia is corrupt, but did you know just how corrupt? The short answer is: more than any other country. That, at least, is the conclusion of a survey just published by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which examines the level of economic crime around the world.


PwC canvassed more than 3,000 companies in 55 countries, 89 of them in Russia. It asked them if they had been the victim of frauds such as embezzlement, bribery and crooked accounting. Russia topped the list, with 71% of respondents reporting at least one instance of fraud during the previous twelve months.


The PwC report makes alarming reading for potential investors. The extent of fraud in Russia is even worse than in Kenya (67%) or South Africa (62%), the next countries down the list. Russia’s score was also far above the global average (30%), as well as the averages for Central and Eastern Europe (34%) and BRIC countries (34%). What’s more, there has been a “shocking” rise in the prevelance of fraud in Russia since the last PwC survey in 2007. 


The report comes just a few days after Transparency International published its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, in which Russia scored lamentably in 146th place, level-pegging with Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone.