Opilí korupcí

Můj přítel Boris ode mne odjížděl opilý. Radil jsem mu, aby neřídil. Nevěděl proč. ,,Jsi pod vlivem," vysvětloval jsem. ,,Nemáš strach z policie?" ,,Ne," odpověděl Boris, ,,mám jistý dokument s portrétem Benjamina Franklina. Ten mi vždycky pomůže." Podal mi svůj řidičský průkaz, do něhož byla vsunuta stodolarová bankovka.

Věděl jsem pochopitelně, že policisté berou úplatky, ale obával jsem se, že Boris narazí na neúplatného strážce zákona. ,,Nepřipadá v úvahu," vedl svou Boris. ,,Chceš-li být dopravním policistou, musíš vyplácet svého šéfa. A kdybys nebral úplatky, jak bys šéfa vyplácel? Půlka Moskvy jezdí s načerno koupeným řidičákem. Troubové, kteří se snaží jednat čestně se utopí v byrokratických titěrnostech. Zaplať sto dolarů a můžeš jezdit třeba bez brzd!"

Úplatkářství a zpronevěry v Rusku existovaly vždycky, před Leninovou říjnovou revolucí i po ní. Ale nikdy v tak nadlidském měřítku jako dnes. Úplatky berou všichni, všude a za všechno. Boris říká, že úplatky neberou jen ti, jimž je nikdo nenabízí.

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