Attitudes Toward Corruption Amongst Russian Police Officers and Trainees

Ruth Lee, University of Leicester

One of the systemic problems facing transitional societies is the fact that corrupt income generation strategies and reciprocal networks continue to offer the greatest chance of individual and organizational economic survival. However, such strategies are also informed to some extent by cultural attitudes and norms. A survey of Russian police trainees and serving officers at a large higher education has probed police attitudes to use of position at work for one's own ends. The data obtained by the survey suggest that although low pay is a key element in respondents' justification of corrupt activities, other factors such as close family and friendship ties, organizational culture and notions of obligation are also important.

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