Abstract and Keywords
Corruption in Russia permeates political, administrative, economic, and social relations. It affects every business, starting from its registration through the seizure of its assets by officials or bankruptcy. Corruption has been evolving from the Soviet type during Mikhail Gorbachev’s and Boris Yeltsin’s times and is still changing. This chapter reviews the main trends on corruption. It describes the size and the structure of political and business corruption in Russia and outlines its main consequences. We also study the dynamics of petty and business corruption and analyze the data on corruption by sector. Fighting corruption in Russia will only be possible after the power of bureaucracy has been greatly reduced. That task requires restoring political competition, separation of powers, and freedom of the nongovernmental sector: entrepreneurship, the media, and public organizations.
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