Russia's military budget drains corruption

Russia's military budget drains corruptionAccording to the chief military prosecutor Sergey Fridinsky, every year about a fifth of the Russian defense budget is plundered by corrupt state officials and contractors, while depleting the state budget and thereby reducing the combat readiness of the Russian armed forces.


This information was published by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Tuesday, a few days after several high-ranking military officials were dismissed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for failing to comply with government agreements. In Stalin's time, Medvedev warned, officials would have been in prison long ago.

The president of Russia, who is desperately trying to get out of the shadow of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in the run-up to the upcoming presidential elections has intensified the country's campaign against corruption.

Sergei Fridinsky, in an interview he gave to Rossiyskaya Gazeta, said that huge budget funds that are sent to buy weapons, every year, are deposited in the pockets of crooks.

The fraudulent and fictitious documents about the alleged work, "kickbacks" during the implementation of government contracts - all this is in service with fraudsters, says Fridinsky. As a result of such scams, a lot of money is being plundered, in fact a fifth of the budget. As a result, poor-quality military equipment and weapons continue to flow into the armed forces.

The chief military prosecutor said that this year several contractors and military officials were convicted or fined as anti-corruption intensifies.

Experts confirm the facts of fairly widespread manifestations of corruption in the army. But at the same time, they believe that the situation is more depressing than the prosecutor says.

The head of the non-state anti-corruption committee, Kirill Kabanov, said that 20 percent is a low estimate. 40 percent more like the truth.

He stated that this interview is an attempt by the authorities to enlist the support of fellow citizens on the eve of the upcoming presidential elections.

Kabanov says that the Fridinsky interview is directed at society. It is impossible to overcome corruption without public support. Corruption affects almost everyone, and almost everyone participates in it.

A similar opinion and political commentator at the Carnegie Moscow Center Nikolai Petrov. He believes that the Kremlin, with the help of an interview with Fridinsky, is trying to show fellow citizens that he is in control of the situation and is trying to deal with issues in the Russian army.

Petrov declares that the private and officers up to the middle level will be happy if many generals are convicted.

At the same time, according to the observer, the revelations of S. Fridinsky can also display a conflict between prosecutors, investigators and the military. In this way, Fridinsky tries to shift the responsibility onto others and thereby protect himself.

Corruption in the Russian army can negate the efforts of the Russian Federation to modernize it and improve the combat capability of the troops. Over 650 billions of dollars are planned to be sent to the defense sector up to 2020 during the largest military reform in the last 30 years.

At the same time, the military prosecutor in the Far East on Monday said that in Vladivostok, in order to hide the facts of theft of food by officers, the servicemen were fed dog food.
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  1. yuvit
    yuvit 26 May 2011 11: 55 New
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    As people say "goat is clear", who is responsible for squandering the budget, but it is not clear why the main culprit is not brought to justice?
    The administrative bodies of the Ministry of Defense have thousands of reports on corruption and squandering of budget funds in the Armed Forces, but they take measures only to secondary parties and below.
    Inspections in the troops and fleets come down to signing pre-prepared acts, "glades", "girls" and kickbacks, and even in Moscow they do not favor inspectors reporting on the true state of affairs ...
  2. Justme
    Justme 26 May 2011 12: 59 New
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    Corruption is one thing, but here the center of the problem is a wild stupor of governance,
    So I work in a defense research institute
    We have - the director - delivered by a thief from Muscovites, apparently - looking at the earthing up of "grandmas", it is clear that he is in the technique of "no boom-boom",
    The deputy director for science - thieves from the local elite (relatives from the regional administration tried) - a rare mu *** and a pest.
    All of them "work out" their assignments - and merge in the right direction.
    .. And the bottom line is the technical parameters that you can only dream of now - in the 80s they were done without much interference and problems (and now you can do it personally - but not in the name of this fraternity)
  3. datur 26 May 2011 16: 14 New
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    Justme, modernization --- babilization of everything and everything.
  4. APASUS
    APASUS 26 May 2011 22: 00 New
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    And we have a chief builder, a retired colonel. Fuck .... such an ass
  5. Stavr
    Stavr 27 May 2011 06: 49 New
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    And in our apartment a cat gave birth to kittens yesterday. Kittens have grown a little, but they don’t want to eat something ...
    It is such babble that all Russia bears instead of going out and finally tearing her ass off a computer chair ...
    1. cabin boy
      cabin boy 27 May 2011 18: 12 New
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      Well, they came out in 1905, I had to conclude a peace treaty with the "great" Japan, which is still being heard. Then back in 1917, it turned out to be even more fun. We need system-forming changes that would not allow "businessmen" to creep into the public administration system. Do you want to do business, your place in commerce. In our country, for some reason, these cunning asses are called "he is a smart guy" and "he knows how to live."
      1. Escander
        Escander 30 May 2011 15: 03 New
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        Isn’t it in the States?
        Completeness!
        How do you think they will not be able to crawl if this system IS and IS!
        It was they who created the system, and they too will control it.
        And for Yoongi, Escander and other bydlina - incorruptible values ​​will be described in the media and show dummy dolls.
        Al wrong?