The Russian President, Mr Dmitry Medvedev, is reported to have said that the introduction of massive fines and caps on fines for bribery could be discussed once again at a session of the Anti-Corruption Council. Chairman of the Commission for Public Control, Mr Anatoly Kucherena, said that the maximum fine for bribes should be scrapped altogether. He stated: “If the bribe is much more than 300 million rubles, it would be worthwhile and one can even be left with a margin”. The President said: “If he [the briber] pays 300 million rubles to the state, this will already be a good thing, plus he will have a record”. The Public Chamber is drafting a report on anti-corruption efforts in Russia. The President ordered that the Public Chamber prepare such documents each year.

It has been reported that more than 230 crimes were investigated in southern Russia by the Interior Ministry’s main department for the Southern Federal District in 2010. 152 large-scale economic crimes were exposed in the Southern Federal District in 2010. Also, 37 corrupt deals were exposed, including 13 instances of bribe taking. According to the police department the average bribe was 215,000 rubles (£4,500).