Portraying failure as success again

So the Ministry of Interior has now announced new successes in combating corruption, claiming to have recovered 50 per cent more in compensation in criminal cases relating to public procurement.

At the same time it admits that the average bribe paid has increased more than threefold to RUB 236,000 or almost GBP 5,000.

At this rate, all the claims by Messrs Zubkov and co. on Russia’s ability to tackle money laundering appear pretty hollow.

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