According to the study, the representative says, “in fact, corrupt officials as a rule are active and energetic people who display initiative, are very communicative and unbelievably emotionally stable, including in stressful situation, and are capable of working hard and displaying a high degree of self-control. This is the objective picture.”
Those who engage in corruption, Kurennoy continues, are “older than people condemned for other crimes,” with the average age of the bribe taker being 40. They are also mostly men with higher educations and wives and children, and not inclined to abuse alcohol or drugs. Moreover, “they do not disturb public order.”
Many who take bribes do so not out of greed but rather to raise their status, gain influence and power, and show corporate solidarity.