Most Russians distrust courts, government, new survey shows

Most Russians distrust courts, government, new survey shows

[JURIST] According to a recent survey from ROMIR Monitoring [website], more than half of Russians think those in positions of power, ranging from the president and parliament to government and the courts, are dishonest and corrupt. Alexander Konovalov, the president of the Institute for Strategic Assessments said the results helped to explain the "colossal level of political apathy in [Russian] society." Not even one-third of the 1,600 people surveyed described Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] as honest, while fewer than ten percent of people surveyed referred to the government and the State Duma as honest institutions. Transparency International [advocacy website], an anti-corruption organization, ranked Russia 126th on its list of least corrupt countries [JURIST report], in line with Sierra Leone, Niger and Albania. MosNews has more.