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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Karelian Official Leads Bribe Parade

The Interior Ministry has registered 8,848 cases of bureaucrats seeking bribes since the start of the year, Interfax reported Thursday.

Among the cases is a senior Karelian official recently charged with receiving a down payment of 22 million rubles on a bribe of 46 million rubles ($1.85 million) for a single natural resource license, Interfax said, citing a bribery report released by the Interior Ministry's economic security department.

The Karelian official issued about 60 licenses over the years, typically asking for 500,000 to 600,000 rubles ($19,400 to $23,300) per license, the report said. The government received only 270,000 rubles for each license.

In another case, a district official in the Volgograd region is accused of accepting 87 bribes of 6,000 rubles each from entrepreneurs hoping to open shops.

The Interior Ministry's economic security department said it uncovered 81 percent of the 8,848 cases mentioned in the report.