Corruption

Russia Considers Ban on Bribe-Related Phrases

Because bureaucrats can't solicit payoffs with all new phrases?

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Phrases such as "Let's come to an agreement" and "This is difficult to resolve, but possible" could be banned under a Russian ministry's proposals.

 Bribe-taking is a scourge of everyday life in Russia but now officials in Moscow have dreamed up a new way to stamp out the age-old practice.

The ministry of labour is advising a ban on bureaucrats using common phrases which indicate to citizens that a backhander will help snip away red tape or speed up an application.

Passing university exams, getting a driving licence or finding your child a place in a kindergarten are some of the obstacles that often require the greasing of a palm or two. At the lower end of the scale, a few hundred roubles can help a traffic policeman forget your illegal left turn.