Russia Ranks 135th in Transparency International's World Corruption Index

Frederick Owens
February 23, 2018

While India dropped two notches in the 2017 rankings, its score remained 40 - Transparency International scored India 38 in 2015 and 36 in 2013.

Philippines, India and the Maldives are among the worst Asia-Pacific regional offenders scoring high on corruption with fewer press freedoms, and higher numbers of journalist deaths. Romania has maintained the same score as a year ago, namely 48.

The news website also quoted Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad as saying that "enforcement action taken nearly every week and high-profile arrests throughout last year" should have improved the country's ranking.

The index, which measures perception of corruption in the public sector, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

In conducting the survey, he said the major concerns surrounding corruption in Malaysia were impunity where thefts of public funds are unpunished, unresolved high-profile cases, absence of political financing law, injustice for whistleblowers and corporate liability provisions in the anti-graft laws.

The UAE was followed by Saudi Arabia, which placed 57th on the Index, however its score for 2017 remained unchanged at 49.

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The highest score this year, given to New Zealand, was 89; followed by Denmark at 88; Finland, Norway and Switzerland at 85; Singapore and Sweden at 84; Canada, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom at 82; and Germany rounding out the countries scoring in the 80s at 81.

At the same time, there are still plenty other thigns to be done to reduce corruption in the country - and its perception, as current events in the banking sector tend to demonstrate.

Somalia is ranked at the bottom of the list, and having regressed from its only double-digit score in the last decade in 2016, is ranked ninth. Whistleblower protection mechanisms and autonomous, well-resourced anti-corruption agencies are also a must in the Asia Pacific region.

Chair, Suzanne Snively, says "Transparency International's top CPI score for New Zealand reflects the integrity of our public servants".

Other sub Saharan African countries ranked higher than Nigeria are Botswana - whose joint 34 rank is the best in Africa - as well as Rwanda (joint 48) and Nambia (joint 53).

The analysis of the index highlights the growing problem of violence against journalists and its correlation with the rate of corruption in the country in question.

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