I have been monitoring Russian media for some time including some very local news outlets, ie. regional news etc...translating into English is not that hard these days. Some of the things worthy of note are: How significantly media organization in Russia exist in fear of persecution if voicing any criticism of the Federal and sometimes local governance. The number of political prisoners in Russia compared to political prisoners of other nations etc...researching the charges brought and the convictions gained etc.. Looking beyond the more public and obvious cases such as deaths, attempted assassinations, framings and missing persons associated with political opposition to current regime.. etc..you find the less published missing persons, deaths (politically relevant) listing and other detail to be rather enlightening. The best way I find to discover corruption is how those who venture to voice opposition are dealt with. Also the amount of human trafficking and child exploitation that is entertained and a blind eye being turned towards it is also indicated by what happens to those who voice the need for change. In Russia any opposition to Putin's reign is dealt with aggressively and usually permanently by those with a vested interest in Putin's reign. ( Not necessarily by Putin himself) Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Here we are dealing with real consequences and not just media hype and opinioned propaganda but real life outcomes that can be documented and held as evidence of corruption. The over all generalized conclusion is that Russia is still very much a "sophisticated mob" controlled nation who's globalist intentions are significant and currently being implemented. That the pretense of democracy is a myth designed to obscure the totalitarian reality. That the Russian Deep state is considerably more involved in Russian and international affairs than you would care to admit or even acknowledge. That Putin is being kept at arms length from the mob to provide fake legitimacy.. So sure while corruption exists elsewhere including the USA it is nothing and quite trivial, when compared to what is happening in Russia. While you choose to ignore the reality in the Russia you so passionately support and seek to undermine those who actually seek solutions against corruption, makes the legitimacy and credibility of your opinion dubious to say the least. The bottom line is simply that USA media outlets like NYT, WP WSJ NPR etc. could not possibly exist in Russia... period. That freedom of the press and speech is virtually non existent. edit: One of the most important reforms IMO that the USA could make is to install fixed terms for all members of government including congress and high/supreme court judges.