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Russia ‘bribe envelopes’ are a big hit

Siberian artist Vasily Slonov is selling special envelopes to use for paying bribes.

“The envelopes, which are decorated with the text of the criminal code article that deals with bribery, sold like hot cakes and were even bought by corrupt bureaucrats themselves,” Slonov told the Moscow Times.

On Facebook, Slonov said: “Friends, let’s make life beautiful. Let’s improve the culture of giving bribes.”

Slonov sold the first 100 envelopes for 100 rubles ($5.90) each.

“Of course bureaucrats bought them,” Slonov told the Moscow Times. “But I am not the Investigative Committee, I am an artist.”

He’s working on a second printing of the envelopes that he plans to sell through the Winzavod Contemporary Art Center in Moscow.

A Facebook commenter said, “The envelope is too small. I suggest you think about a special suitcase for bribes.”


Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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