Kickbacks Still Dwarf Top Officials Salaries Despite Raises

The Moscow Times
Wednesday 13th March, 2013

The salaries of top state employees have doubled since December, but such remunerations remain minute compared with unlawful kickbacks to the echelons of power, an anti-corruption expert said Wednesday. Higher pay amounts to buying loyalty from bureaucrats, but state salaries can hardly act as an efficient tool against corruption, said Yury Korgunyuk, an analyst with the INDEM think tank. “They are still dwarfed by the cash flows from corruption,” he said by telephone. The Kremlin is waging an ongoing high-profile campaign against graft, and several government officials, including senior de…

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