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Report: Azerbaijan most corrupt in Caucasus

December 5, 2013

Azerbaijan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, according to a Transparency International report released Dec 3.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2013

Corruption Perceptions Index 2013

The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. Azerbaijan is ranked 127 among 177 countries.

“The world urgently needs a renewed effort to crack down on money laundering, clean up political finance, pursue the return of stolen assets and build more transparent public institutions,” the report says.

Countries that are less corrupt than Azerbaijan include: Rwanda ranked 49, Namibia 57, Ghana 63, Albania 116, and Togo 123. Among the neighboring countries of Azerbaijan: Turkey is ranked 53, Georgia 55, Armenia 94, Iran 144, and Russia 127.
In the Index, Denmark and New Zealand tied for first place. Finland and Sweden were third and Norway was ranked fifth. Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan tied for last place as the world’s most corrupt countries.

“It is time to stop those who get away with acts of corruption,” said Huguette Labelle, Transparency International’s Chair in a statement. “The legal loopholes and lack of political will in government facilitate both domestic and cross-border corruption, and call for our intensified efforts to combat the impunity of the corrupt.”

The report stated, “A country’s rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories included in the index. The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 serves as a reminder that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world.”




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