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The Interior Ministry in Russia announced that the average bribe paid in the country was $1,450 (44,000 rubles) in 2010.

In 2009, the average bribe paid was $750 (23,000 rubles).

In total, an estimated $300 Billion is spent on bribes in Russia each year.

(Additional stats about corruption in Russia and other countries.)

Source: Fred Weir, “In Russia, the price of bribes rise as its corruption rating slides,” Christian Science Monitor, October 27, 2010.

According to court documents, Mexican human smugglers paid bribes to US Border Patrol Agent between $10,000 to $20,000 for each vehicle that was filled will illegal immigrants and waived through his checkpoint in San Diego.

(Additional examples of police corruption.)

Source: Associated Press, “San Diego Border Inspector Charged With Bribery,” NPR, October 16, 2010.

In a report by the New York Times, the average price that people sell their votes in provinces in Afghanistan range from $1 to $18.

In Helmand and Khost province, the average price that people ask for in order for their vote in elections is $5 to $6. In Kunduz, the price for a vote was quoted as $15. The highest price for a vote was in Ghazni Province, where a vote could be bought for $18. The lowest cost was in Kandahar, where people sell their votes for $1.

Half the population in Afghanistan live on less than one dollar a day, reports the Times.

(Bribes paid out worldwide.)

Source:  Rod Nordland, “Afghan Votes Come Cheap, and Often in Bulk,” New York Times, September 17, 2010.

(Additional political corruption examples and cases.)


The drug cartels in Mexico pay municipal police officers an estimated $1.2 Billion in bribes each year.

(See other types of corruption cases from around the world.)

Source: William Booth and Nick Miroff, “Drug gangs, smugglers in Mexico and U.S. are increasingly disguising couriers in phony uniforms,” Washington Post, August 30, 2010.

According to a report by NPR, the cost of a bribe that is needed to obtain a position as a city assemblymen in a town in rural China costs $44,000.

(More political corruption examples and cases.)

 Source: Anthony Kuhn, “China’s Hidden Economy Of Graft Undermines State,” NPR, July 30, 2010.

According to figures compiled by the Associated Press, between December 2006 and September 2009, security officers in Mexico arrested 226,667 suspects for drug crimes. Out of that total, less than a total have been officially charged with a crime.

The examples provided by the AP shows that 24,000 people were freed from Baja California out of the 33,000 that were arrested. In Sinaloa, 9,700 were arrested and 5,606 were released. And in the birthplace of the Gulf Cartel, 3,600 were arrested with 2,083 later released.

Source: Associated Press, “AP Impact: Mexico justice means catch and release,” Washington Post, July 27, 2010.

A report found that Afghans paid nearly $1 Billion in bribes in 2009, with nearly 1 in 7 people regularly paying bribes.

(Types of corruption that impacts the world economy.)

Source: “Survey Finds Corruption Doubled in Afghanistan,” Voice of America, July 8, 2010.

From 2006 to 2010, the Attorney Generals office in Mexico prosecuted 2,604 drug cartel members. Of that total, less than 12 percent of the cases involved members from the Sinaloa Cartel, even though they are the largest and most powerful cartel.

(More examples of corruption in government here.)

Source: Bruce Livesey, “Trafficking in power: Narcoterror in Mexico,”National Post, June 12, 2010.

Estimates place the value of nonperforming loans in China to be between $600 to $900 Billion in 2009. These bad loans make consists of 25 to 30 percent of China’s GDP.

These loans are considered “nonperforming” because the loans were given out  based on political and social connections rather than business factors.

(Examples of corruption around the world.)

Source:  George Friedman, The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century, (New York: Doubleday.2009), page 92.

Human smugglers in Mexico were able to compromise a US Border Patrol agent by paying him bribes worth $120,000 over  a two year period.

The FBI found that the agent would turn off the license plate reader in his booth and allow a car filled with illegal immigrants to pass through unchecked.

Each illegal immigrant was believed to have been paying $4,000 to be smuggled into the United States.

(More examples of corruption in the police force.)

Source:  Tony Shin, “Exclusive Video: Gone Bad at the Border,” NBC San Diego, May 8, 2010.