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.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.