Transparency International: corruption in Eastern Europe and former USSR. 2010.

27 Oct 2010

Transparency International(TI) defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This definition encompasses corrupt practices in both the public and private sectors. The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks countries according to the perception of corruption in the public sector. The CPI is an aggregate indicator that combines different sources of information about corruption, making it possible to compare countries.

The 2010 CPI draws on different assessments and business opinion surveys carried out by independent and reputable institutions. It captures information about the administrative and political aspects of corruption. Broadly speaking, the surveys and assessments used to compile the index include questions relating to bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, embezzlement of public funds, and questions that probe the strength and effectiveness of public sector anti-corruption efforts.

Russia made it only to 154th place on the 178-country survey, scoring evenly with nine other countries ranging from Cambodia to Tajikistan that scored 2.1 points from a possible 10. Despite President Dmitry Medvedev’s efforts to fight corruption, the country remains firmly rooted in the bottom of the rankings.

Corruption Index Rankings

Rank Country Score ’10 Score ’09 Score ’08
1   Denmark 9.3 9.3 9.3
1   New Zealand 9.3 9.4 9.3
1   Singapore 9.3 9.2 9.2
26   Estonia 6.5 6.6 6.6
41   Poland 5.3 5.0 4.6
46   Lithuania 5.0 4.9 4.6
59   Latvia 4.3 4.5 5.0
67   Italy 3.9 4.3 4.8
68   Georgia 3.8 4.1 3.9
105   Kazakhstan 2.9 2.7 2.2
105   Moldova 2.9 3.3 2.9
123   Armenia 2.6 2.7 2.9
127   Belarus 2.5 2.4 2.0
134   Azerbaijan 2.4 2.3 1.9
134   Ukraine 2.4 2.2 2.5
154   Russia 2.1 2.2 2.1
154   Tajikistan 2.1 2.0 2.0
164   Kyrgyzstan 2.0 1.9 1.8
172   Turkmenistan 1.6 1.8 1.8
172   Uzbekistan 1.6 1.7 1.8
178   Somalia 1.1 1.1 1.0

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