German firms struggle with Russian corruption

04/3/2013 | Spiegel Online (Germany)

German companies are eager to invest in Russia, but they're finding its political and corporate corruption hard to take. Getting projects up and running often means requests for "a small contribution" to local officials, their wives and even neighborhood fire departments. "You just have to be firm and stand your ground, and such requests will decline," says Hans-Jörg Grundmann, Siemens' anti-corruption officer.

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