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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Graft Up in Military

MOSCOW -- Although the overall crime rate has decreased in the Russian military, corruption cases have mounted dramatically, the top army prosecutor said in an interview published Friday.

The overall crime rate decreased 12.4 percent in the first half of 1999 from the same period last year, while bribery has gone up nearly 40 percent, Colonel General Yury Dyomin was quoted as saying by Nezavisimaya Gazeta. He gave no figures.

Dyomin said his office was handling up to 20 criminal cases involving generals and admirals suspected of corruption. Last year, more than a dozen generals and admirals were convicted of corruption.

A recent operation code-named "Bribe Taker,'' conducted jointly by the chief army prosecutor's office and the Federal Security Service exposed eight bribe-taking cases, with the bribes in question totaling more than $23,000, he said.