MOSCOW, March 9 – RIA Novosti. Small bribes in Russia are more often than others taken by representatives of the police, employees of the penal system and teachers, Viktor Baldin, head of the department for overseeing the implementation of anti-corruption legislation of the Prosecutor General's Office, told RIA Novosti.
According to him, practice shows that most often such crimes are committed by police officers. Citizens give them money to avoid responsibility for offenses.
Also, bribes for positive marks when passing exams are taken by teachers, and employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service take money for bringing prohibited items into prisons and creating privileged conditions for prisoners.
In December last year, Russia's Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov proposed abolishing the practice of imposing a court fine on petty corrupt officials instead of a more severe criminal punishment. He noted that this situation allows corrupt officials to once again apply for state and municipal positions.
According to article 291.2 of the Criminal Code of Russia “Small bribery”, a small bribe is not more than ten thousand rubles. The sanction for such a crime is up to a year in prison. The second part of this article provides for up to three years in prison if the bribe-taker has a conviction for similar crimes.
If giving or receiving a bribe is qualified as involving extortion, this will automatically lead to an increase in punishment.