Half of Russians believe bribery solves ‘problems’
MOSCOW (Reuters) – More than half of Russians think bribing officials is the best way to “solve problems,” according to a new poll.
Fifty-five percent of respondents to a Levada Center poll of 1,600 Russians said they believed that “bribes are given by everyone who comes across officials” in Russia.
President Dmitry Medvedev, halfway through his four-year term, has pledged to fight Russia’s all-pervasive graft and build a law-abiding state, where everyone observes the rules rather than looking for ways around them.
But findings by the Levada Center showed that Russians still pay bribes to obtain better medical services, prefer to “buy” their driving licenses, bribe police when caught violating traffic rules, or pay to ensure that their child can dodge the draft or get a place at the right school.