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Psychology and Law

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2222-5196


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Psychological features of corruption criminals 1158


Kroz M.V.
PhD in Psychology, leading researcher, Department of psychological support of Prosecutor's activity, Research University of the General Prosecutor's office of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia

Ratinova N.A.
PhD in Psychology, Leading Researcher, Department of Psychological Support of Prosecutor's Activity, Research Institute of the Academy of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia

The article presents the first part of the study of psychological characteristics of persons who committed crimes of corruption. Law-abiding civil servants acted as a control group. The theoretical basis of the study was the value-normative theory of the criminal A. R. Ratinov's personality, so the main attention was paid to the analysis of the value sphere of corrupt officials. The systems of value orientations of corruption criminals and law-abiding citizens were analyzed and compared, the most and the least significant values for both groups and some individual features were determined. The results contradict the widespread traditional ideas about corrupt officials as Mercantile, self-interested people, who put material values in the first place. So, for corruption criminals the most important are the values: freedom, family, love, children, health, education, new knowledge, expanding horizons. Similar value preferences are typical for law-abiding citizens. The least significant values for corrupt officials are material security, entertainment, public recognition, experience of beauty, high demands and power.

Keywords: corruption criminals, civil servants, personality, value orientations.

Column: Forensic and Clinical Psychology in Legal Context


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