Corruption News

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A 2011 report by Transparency International stated that companies from Russia are the most likely to pay bribes when conducting business abroad. Companies from Russia were followed by businesses in China, Mexico and Indonesia. Companies from the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium were the least likely to pay bribes while doing business in foreign countries, according to the report.

(The effects of corruption on the global economy.)

Source: “Russian and Chinese companies ‘most likely to bribe’,” BBC News, November 1, 2011.

Companies in Germany lost an average of $11.7 Million (8.4 Million Euros) between the year 2009 and 2011, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

50 percent of responding companies reported falling victim to embezzlement, fraud, corruption, industrial espionage and other financial crimes, compared to 61 percent in the 2009 report. However, in the 2009 report, the average financial crime losses reported by the companies was 5.6 million euros.

(See money laundering statistics.)

Source: Ben Knight, “Financial crime becomes less frequent, but more damaging,” Deutsche Wells, October 27, 2011.

Between October 2004 and October 2011, authorities in the United States indicted or convicted 132 employees of U.S. Customs on corruption related charges. Most of the employees convicted were working along the U.S. – Mexico border.

In 2010, there were 870 investigations into corruption of Custom employees, up from 244 in 2006.

(Additional government and police corruption statistics.)

Source: Andrew Becker and Richard Marosi, “Border agency’s rapid growth accompanied by rise in corruption,” Los Angeles Times, October 16, 2011.


An estimated $3.8 Billion a year of all government procurements in South Africa go missing each year due to corruption, theft, or negligence and lack of institutional control, according an anti-corruption agency in the country. The losses represent up to 20 percent of all government procurements.

Source: “South Africa loses billions to negligence and corruption,” Los Angeles Times, World Now Blog, October 15, 2011.

In 2010, nearly 140,000 cases of corruption was filed in China with over 146,000 people being punished.

Source: Associated Press, “China plans to step up fight against corruption,” Google News, June 22, 2011.

According to a report by the Central Bank in China, over $120 Billion were stolen from government accounts by corrupt government officials and money laundering methods between the mid 1990s until 2010.

The United States was reported to be a top destination for the stolen funds.

Source: Associated Press, “China plans to step up fight against corruption,” Google News, June 22, 2011.

An estimated $16 Billion a year is lost due to the effects of corruption in India.

Source: PTI, “India loses $16 bn every year due to corruption: Bedi,” MSN India News, June 17, 2011.

Russian paid out at least $5.9 Billion (164 Billion Rubles) in bribes in 2010 to police officers, teachers and others in what the Deputy Economic Minister describes as “everyday” bribes. The amount paid in 2010 was almost doubled the amount paid in 2001.

The average amount paid in a bribe in 2010 was $189 (5,285 Rubles).

An estimated 31 million bribes were paid out in 2010 in Russian, down from 46 million in 2005.

(More on the various types of corruption worldwide.)

Source: Scott Rose, “Russian ‘Everyday’ Corruption Doubled Since 2001, Ministry Says,” Bloomberg, June 14, 2011.

According to President Dmitri Medvedev, $33 Billion (1 Trillion Russian Rubles) disappears from government contracts annually due to government corruption. The figure is equal to 3 percent of Russia’s GDP.

Source: Julia Ioffe, “Net Impact,” New Yorker, April 4, 2011.

According to investigative journalists in China, 20 percent of the national budget is diverted by corrupt officials every year, with up to 80 percent of all officials in the country being involved in corruption.

Source:  Oliver August, Inside the Red Mansion: On the Trail of China’s Most Wanted Man, (Houghton Mifflin: Boston. 2007), page 197-198.