BERLIN, December 3 (Itar-Tass) - Russia ranks 127th in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) presented Monday by the international non-governmental organization Transparency International with headquarters in Berlin.
The index based on expert estimates of perceived public sector corruption in 177 countries ranks the states from 0 to 100 points, with zero indicating the highest level of corruption and 100 - the lowest (very clean). This year’s rating assigned Russia 28 points, as many as Azerbaijan, Gambia, the Comoros, Lebanon, Madagaskar, Mali, Nicaragua and Pakistan.
The index has shown Denmark and New Zealand are least corrupt, scoring 91 points, whereas Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia rank last with eight points.
“The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 demonstrates that all countries still face the threat of corruption at all levels of government, from the issuing of local permits to the enforcement of laws and regulations,” said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International.
The organization also described public sector corruption one of the world’s biggest challenges, Transparency International said, particularly in areas such as political parties, police, and justice systems,” saying “public institutions need to be more open about their work and officials must be more transparent in their decision-making.