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U.S. As Corrupt As Russia, Says Former NSA Exec

Americans believe that Russia is a corrupt country where everyone from the president to regional governors to government officials are flourishing on bribes. Russia has developed corruption into a "fine art," says a book titled "Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?" written by the University of Miami professor Karen Dawisha.

U.S. fares far better than Russia on Corruption Perceptions Index

In the absence of an efficient federal system, regional governors in Russia rule like mobsters. Moscow is also allegedly involved in the massive FIFA scandal. Americans and Europeans believe corruption in Russia is so widespread that when they imposed sanctions against Moscow following the annexation of Crimea, they also targeted "friends of Vladimir Putin" and rich oligarchs.