bne IntelliNews -
This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index from anti-graft group Transparency International shows some marginal improvement here and there, amid some big disappointments.
On the positive side, all Central Asian and South Caucasus countries improved their standings, except for Turkmenistan. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan made the biggest leaps, jumping 14 places to 126th and 136th respectively out of 175 countries ranked. However, as the bne:Chart shows, any improvements were from a low base so the region remains entrenched in the ‘red camp’.
In Eastern Europe, Russia dropped three positions to 136th place, while Belarus improved to 119th place. But it is Ukraine that remains Europe's most corrupt country in 142nd place, improving just one spot from 2013 despite a revolution specifically driven by the people’s desire to see a crackdown on corruption.
But it was Turkey that disappointed the most in the CEE/CIS region, dropping 11 places to 64th place in a year in which the government responded to a wide-reaching corruption scandal with a severe clampdown on political dissent.
Could and should do better is the message from this year’s survey.
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