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Russia continues to be leader in world export of corruption

November 03, 2011, 13:31 UTC+3

Russia happened to be the last of 28 countries

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The Transparency International Organization (TI) has published the Bribe Payers Index – 2011. Some 3,000 heads of the companies doing business in the countries, which are on the list, were polled. Russia happened to be the last of 28 countries.

According to Bribes Payers Index, Russian and Chinese companies give bribes in other countries more often, than others, The RBK Daily writes. Human rights champions from TI fear that along with the growth of the global role of the two countries corruption will continue to spread all over the world.

Some 3,000 business people from 28 countries, including all the G20 countries, took part in the TI poll. A TI representative told The RBK Daily that they had selected world’s leading companies by the amount of direct foreign investments and exports. They were asked, among other things, how often they offer bribes to officials from other countries, in order to boost the administrative processes, and whether or not they have to pay politicians.

None of the countries got the maximum ten points, which would mean that it is corruption-free. The lowest level of corruption was registered with regard to Swiss and Dutch companies. Their rating was 8.8, however, which is not very much better than the average figure of 7.8. Russian and Chinese companies offer bribes more often than others, the report said. Russia got the lowest rating of 6.1. China got 6.5 and Mexico 7.0 points.

This rating is the sixth. Previously Russia was the last on the list in 2008 and earlier – in 2002. “One should not be surprised over the rating of the Russian companies. It would be strange to expect that they will behave better than the state bodies. If tough measures are not taken here, in Russia, corruption will be exported. All talks about the signing of contracts begin with the discussion of the sum to be given to officials for help,” said Yelena Panfilova, director of Transparency International – Russia.

The TI figures show that progress, achieved in the war on corruption in the international sector of the Russian economy, which was very much noticeable in 1999-2008, did not stop in 2009-2011, but was perceptibly reduced, The Kommersant writes.

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