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05.12.2012

Ukraine has worst corruption rate in Europe

   

In Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Index for 2012 two thirds of the countries have scores lower than 5.0 with this indicating that their citizens perceive the country to be highly corrupt.

Ukraine’s score was 2.6, one down from 2011.  Ukraine shared 144th place out of 176 with Syria; the Congo Republic; the Central African Republic; Cameroon; and Bangladesh.  

TA notes that the three countries who shared first place - Denmark, Finland and New Zealand - with scores of 9.0 have “strong access to information systems and rules governing the behaviour of those in public positions”. These are both areas where Ukraine is notoriously lagging behind.  But then, the list of its failings can be continued, and the present government is showing no wish to take any real measures.

Ukraine’s score is the lowest of all but the Central Asian former Soviet republics

Georgia had the best result: 51st place

Armenia        105

Azerbaijan    139

Russia moved up in 2012 to 133rd place from 143 in 2011.  It shared this position with Kazakhstan and Iran.

Belarus          123

Kyrgyzstan    154

Tajikistan       157

Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan both at 170.

Full details can be found here http://www.transparency.org/news/pressreleases/

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