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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Corruption Called a Potential Threat

Corruption has grown so widespread that it could threaten political stability unless urgent measures are taken, the Public Chamber said in a report published Tuesday.

"If in the near future radical measures are not taken to cut the level of corruption in Russia ... a consolidated corrupt system will triumph," the 27-page report said.

The aim of that system would be "to form a new social-economic formation order oriented to the enrichment of a tiny part of society at the expense of the majority of Russian citizens."

The report gave no estimates of the value of corruption.

Asked by reporters about rumors of corruption among senior officials, Andrei Przhezdomsky, one of the report's authors, said there was too little evidence to make clear conclusions.

"If we know that such processes take place frequently at the medium level ... then we can suppose such things take place at the higher levels of power," he said. "But I underline, we have no facts."