Corruption News

News about corruption activity worldwide. For key statistics and information, visit our What is Corruption? page.

Russia President Dmitry Medvedev stated that police corruption and incompetence lead to 760,000 theft cases, 124,000 burglaries and over 2,000 murders or attempted murders to all go unsolved each year.

Source:  AFP, “Medvedev orders crackdown on Russian police corruption,” Google News, February 18, 2010.

The number of corruption cases handled by Italian Officials increased by 229 percent in 2009 from 2008.

Source: “Corruption is surging in Italy, says state auditor,” Reuters, February 17, 2010.

Transparency International reported that around 4 million families in India were forced to pay a bribe to a public official to receive services in 2009.

(More information about corruption in India.)

Source:  David Chen, “Zero-rupee bribes for bent Indian officials,” Radio Australia, February 12, 2010.


Nearly every Greek family pays an average of $2,500 in bribes to public officials each year.

(Additional statistics about corruption here.)

Source:  Sylvia Poggiol, “Economic Problems Threaten Greece’s Place In EU,” NPR, February 2, 2010.

The United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs reported that Afghans paid up to $2.5 Billion in bribes in 2009.

The average amount paid in bribes was $160, and that half of all Afghans paid at least one bribe to a public official within the  year.

(More types of government corruption.)

Source:  Alex Rodriguez, “Corruption robs Afghans of a quarter of nation’s GDP, report says,” Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2010.

In the first nine months of 2009, over 800 Russian officials faced charges of corruption.

Source: “Over 800 Russian officials face corruption charges in 2009,” Xinhua, January 13, 2010.

In 2009, 106,000 public officials in China were found guilty of corruption, an increase of 2.5 percent of the year before.

In addition, the number of officials who stole more than one million yuan ($146,000) increased by 19 percent in 2009.

Source: “Corruption up among China government officials,” BBC News, January 8, 2010.

In 2008, 630 arrest warrants were issued against officials suspected of corruption in Iraq, but only 97 people were convicted.

In addition, 135 cases of corruption involving 211 people who were mostly from the Oil Ministry were closed down by the decision of senior officials.

Source:  “Iraq chases many for corruption, catches few,” Reuters, December 23, 2009.

Political corruption in China led to officials to either misused or embezzle $35 Billion in the first 11 months of 2009.

Source:  David Barboza, “China Finds Huge Fraud by Officials,” New York Times, December 29, 2009.

Afghanistan’s Minster of Finance stated that up to $10 Million is being smuggled out of the country by corrupt officials.  The cash is being flown to Dubai where it is funneled into financial institutions. The money laundering activities mainly consists of moving proceeds from drug trafficking operations, as well as individuals imply attempting to hid their assets.

US Officials believe that portions of the cash ends up in the hands of the Taliban.

(Additional security threats and crime in Afghanistan.)

Source:  Tony Perry, “$10 million is smuggled out of Afghanistan daily, official says,” Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2009.