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Corruption in Russian armed forces rampant: prosecutor


18:03, July 11, 2013

MOSCOW, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Russia lost over 4.4 billion rubles (133 million U.S. dollars) due to corruption in the armed forces, Chief Military Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky said Thursday.

"The damage inflicted by the corruption-related crimes grew 5.5-fold this year," Fridinsky told a government meeting.

He added that the number of these crimes has grown 1.5 times compared with the same period of 2012 with over 7000 violations of laws revealed.

According to the prosecutor, 505 suspects have been brought to justice, and the same number of violators were disciplined.

Two thirds of the crimes and violations have been committed by military personnel and the rest by civilian workers within the armed forces, he said.

The majority of these crimes and violations were committed in areas such as construction and repair works, supply support, communal services in the military garrisons, and false bankruptcies, the prosecutor said.

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