Are Russians the most Corrupt People on this Earth?
We think so. We can’t see how any intelligent person could believe otherwise, not after reading yet another of Streetwise Professor’s brilliant posts about the topic, citing one of the most truly stunning incidents of official corruption we’ve ever read about in regard to any country.
SWP shocks readers by revealing that American computer maker Hewlett Packard has been caught paying gigantic sums to bribe the Russian government to buy their computers. But it wasn’t just any department of the state regime that was collecting the cash — it was the Prosecutor General.
That’s right, the Prosecutor General. The leading governmental agency charged with battling corruption was not only failing to battle it but was contributing to the expansion of corruption by accepting bribes itself, and not just any bribes, but bribes to purchase foreign-made computers rather than Russian ones.
Shocking as that revelation was, it’s nothing compared to the even more horrifying reality lurking beneath the surface.
That’s because the Prosecutor General doesn’t limit itself to collecting bribes from potential contractors. To the contrary, the office is for sale in regard to its stock and trade as well, thinking nothing of releasing guilty criminals (the killers of Anna Politkovskaya or Stanislav Markelov, for instance) or indicting innocent victims (Mikhail Khodorkovsky leaps to mind).
What kind of country is it that would be capable of generating corruption this sweeping, shameless and invidious? And not only of generating it but then ignoring it, with no serious political or media opposition whatsoever, and continuing stratospheric approval ratings for the national leadership? Indeed, of laughing about it, pointing to themselves as if it were amusing how one could outdo the other in crude, vulgar corruption.
Only a barbaric country, not one long for this world.