Russian 'anti-corruption fighter' caught accepting bribe
MOSCOW, July 25 (RIA Novosti) - A purported anti-corruption campaigner in Russia’s predominantly Islamic Republic of Tatarstan was caught accepting a bribe, the Investigative Committee said Thursday.
Marat Khafizov, a lawyer and head of an NGO called the Anti-Corruption Committee of the Republic of Tatarstan, told a client he would have to give a judge 1 million rubles (about $30,000) “for a favorable outcome” in a debt case against him.
Khafizov was caught red-handed on Wednesday, after the man reported the incident to the police.
The Anti-Corruption Committee of the Republic of Tatarstan was created in 2008 “to promote civil rights and anti-corruption policy initiatives,” according to its webpage.