Corruption News

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

A report published by the United Nations Environment Programme and Interpol stated that illegal loggers pay between $25,000 to $50,000 in bribes for permits from government officials that allow them to log in restricted areas. Illegal loggers in Indonesia pay officials between 10 to 40 percent of the value of the logging deal.

(More government corruption examples and cases.)

Source:  “Green Carbon, Black Trade: Illegal Logging , Tax Fraud and Landering in The World’s Tropical Forests,” United Nations Environmental Programme and Interpol, 2012, page 6, 33.

The illegal trade in pirated DVDs in Ahmedabad, India is estimated to be worth $18 Million (1 Billion Indian Rupees). There are over 200 street vendors and 100 shops that sell pirated movies on DVDs in the city.The stores sell pirated movies of Bollywood films, Hollywood movies, television shows and porn.

A  seller told the media that he sells around 100 DVDs a day and makes between $0.36 to $0.54 (20 to 30 Rupees) for each pirated copy he sells. Out of that total, he pays the police $0.18 (10 Rupees) as a bribe.

 (Examples of police and political corruption.)

Source:  Parth Shastri, “Pirated DVD market is more than Rs 100 crore in size annually,” Times of India, August24, 2012.

A report by the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia reported that $7 out of every $10 in government revenue goes missing, a loss of 70 percent of all revenue. Back in 2009, the World Bank found that 68 percent of all government revenue went missing.

A famine in Somalia in 2011 that killed an estimated 100,000 people is believed to have been affected by government corruption, with aid being diverted by government officials and militias.

Up to 50 percent of all food aid delivered to Somalia is estimated to have been lost to corruption and theft.

Source:  Associated Press, “UN report cites massive corruption in Somali gov’t, says $7 of $10 in gov’t funds goes missing,” Washington Post, July 16, 2012.


When dealing with business matters, officials in Russia state that the average bribe that is paid in 2012 was over $10,000.

For average citizens, the average bribe paid to officials is $189.

In total, about $300 Billion is paid out in bribes in Russia each year.

(Key statistics about political corruption.)

Source:  James Melik, “Russia’s growth stifled by corruption,” BBC News, June 28, 2012.

According to a report in the New York Times, Mexico’s Secretary of Public Security stated in 2010 that the drug cartels in Mexico spend over $1 Billion every year on bribes paid to the country’s municipal police.

(Additional police corruption examples here.)

Mexican drug cartels send up to $40 Billion worth of illegal drugs in to the United States each year.

Source:  Patrick Radden Keefe, “Cocaine Incorporated,” New York Times Magazine, June 15, 2012.

A report about corruption in Croatia stated that 18 percent of citizens in the country between the ages 18 to 64 have been exposed to a bribery experience with a public official on a yearly basis.

44 percent of all bribes that are requested by corrupt government officials is in the form of cash payments. The average bribe paid in Croatia is €280 Euros.

33 percent of the bribes are given in the form of food and drinks.

Source:  “Corruption in Croatia: Bribery As Experienced By The Population,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2011.

According to a survey conducted by Transparency International Czech Republic, the typical bribe paid in the Czech Republic was between $248 to $497 (5,000 to 10,000 Czech Korunas). The majority of the locations where bribes were paid was at vehicle testing locations where car emissions are tested, health centers for better service, and traffic cops.

(More on the effects of corruption.)

Source:  Czech News Agency, “Bribery most frequent in health care in ČR,” Prague Daily Monitor, June 6, 2012.

The World Bank reports that between $20 Billion to $40 Billion is lost to various types of corruption and other crimes each year in developing countries. The amount lost to corruption is equal to 20 to 40 percent of all international aid sent to developing countries each year.

Source:  Elizabeth Dwoskin, “The World Bank’s New Weapon Against Bribery: Shame,” Bloomberg Businessweek, June 4, 2012.

A study by Gallop found that two out of three adults around the world believe that corrupt practices are occurring at the businesses in their own country.

60 percent of United States citizens and Canadians believe that corruption is a common occurrence at their workplace. In Sub-Sahara Africa, 76 percent of its residents feel that corruption takes place in business. Nearly 90 percent of residents in Indonesia feel that corruption is a problem in their country.

(See examples of bribes paid to government workers.)

Source:  Chad Brooks, “Corporate Corruption Is a Global Epidemic,” LiveScience, May 10, 2012.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, between 2007 and 2012 nearly 3,000 members of the Communist Party of Vietnam was punished for political corruption.

Reports by the media claim that citizens in Vietnam believe that paying bribes is necessary in order to obtain public services such as health care and education.

Source:  “Anti-corruption website launched in Vietnam,” Asia One, May 7, 2012.