Russian traffic policeman declines $1.5 mn bribe

Moscow, March 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Moscow traffic policeman is set to receive a state award in recognition of his honesty in refusing to accept $1.5 million as bribe.

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The award comes to him as Russia celebrates a rare breakthrough in its fight against rampant graft.

According to the country’s interior ministry, the officer will receive a commendation and a 100,000 ruble ($3,220) bonus.

A resident of the Far Eastern Federal District had attempted to pass the 45 million ruble ($1.5 million) backhander in exchange for the officer illegally registering and issuing documents for around 300 trucks. But he was arrested Wednesday as he tried to hand over part of the money, a TV report said.

Criminal proceedings have been launched and an investigation is underway.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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