Russia downgraded to 136th place in Transparency International corruption index

Russia has been downgraded from the 127th to 136th place in the Corruption Perceptions Index posted by anti-corruption group Transparency International on Wednesday.

Russia has been downgraded from the 127th to 136th place in the Corruption Perceptions Index posted by anti-corruption group Transparency International on Wednesday.

Russia demonstrated a one-point drop to 27 points in 2014 and occupied the 136th place sharing it with Nigeria, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Iran and Cameroon, Transparency International said.

Russia ranked 127th with 28 points in the 2013 survey of the organization.

Countries score from 0 to 100 in the Transparency International index. Zero stands for the highest level of corruption perceptions and a hundred is the lowest.

An average score in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region to which Russia belongs is 33 points. The best scorer in this group is Georgia (52 points) and the worst is Turkmenistan (17 points). Over two-thirds of 175 countries scored less than 50 points, Transparency International said.

Denmark, New Zealand and Finland topped the index with 92, 91 and 89 points, respectively. North Korea and Somalia were placed at the bottom of the list, with eight points only.

China (36 points), Turkey (45) and Angola (19) had the highest falls, by four or five points, in spite of their average economic growth of more than 4 percent in the past four years, Transparency International said.

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