MOSCOW, March 29 (RIA Novosti) – A Moscow traffic policeman who turned down a $1.5 million bribe is set to receive a state award in recognition for his honesty as Russia celebrates a rare breakthrough in its fight against rampant graft.
The Interior Ministry says the officer will receive a commendation and a 100,000 ruble ($3,220) bonus.
Rossiya-1 television station reported that a resident of the Far Eastern Federal District attempted to pass the 45 million ruble ($1.5 million) backhander in exchange for the officer illegally registering and issuing documents for around 300 trucks.
The man was arrested on Wednesday as he tried to hand over part of the money.
Criminal proceedings have been launched and an investigation is underway.