Russia is alongside Kazakhstan and Iran, just behind Uganda.
The other Barents countries are among the least corrupt of all. Finland ranks 1st, Sweden 4th and Norway 7th.
Despite Russia’s latest effort to fight corruption, including the dismissal of defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov after his ministry was caught up in a corruption scandal, the country performs worst out all the G20 and BRICS countries in the corruption index.
The Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in countries worldwide. Based on expert opinion, countries are scored from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Russia scores 28.
19 percent of the Russian respondents said that the high corruption rate prevents Russia from achieving economic prosperity, according to a recent survey by opinion pollster VTsIOM, reports RIA Novosti.
“The public anti-graft drive is the key to improving Russia’s dismal place in the corruption rankings, but it remains unclear whether the government is planning to utilize grassroots activists to fight corruption” Yelena Panfilova, head of Transparency International Russia, said at the survey’s presentation in Moscow on Wednesday, according to RIA Novosti.
Russia’s Nordic neighbors all ranked among the top ten. Finland tops the index along with New Zealand and Denmark. Sweden ranks fourth and Norway seventh.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.