Misha Friedman, NY Times.com
Corruption in Russia is so pervasive that the whole society accepts the unacceptable as normal, as the only way of survival, as the way things “just are.”
It is not simply about officials abusing power; it’s also about ordinary people comfortably adapting these principles to their daily lives.
Most Russians have grown so accustomed to a certain lawless way of life that they have come to view corruption as “Russia’s own special way.” They are unsure how their country’s economy, government or social sphere might function without it. This photo essay is an attempt to show that corruption is both a state of mind and a way of life.
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For Russians, Corruption Is Just a Way of Life