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Armenia among least-corrupted CIS states

Perceived levels of corruption in Armenia are among the lowest in CIS states, according to the 2013 Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

Published by the global organization Transparency International (TI), it ranks Armenia 94th out of 177 countries, while Moldavia is ranked 102nd. According to RIA Novosti, Russia ranked 127th, showing little change since last year.

Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index, which compiles surveys and other public assessments of graft to rank how corrupt a country is perceived to be, allowed users to compare year-on-year results for the first time this year.

The Berlin-based NGO changed its methodology in 2012 to rank countries’ perceived levels of public sector corruption on a 100-point scale, where 0 represents highly corrupt and 100 means very clean.

The best and worst of the list proved the same in 2013 as last year. Denmark and New Zealand tied for first with 91 points out of 100, while Somalia, Afghanistan, and North Korea all tied for last place with 8 out of 100.

Transparency International said two-thirds of the surveyed countries scored less than 50 points, indicating a serious corruption problem.

Estonia, Greece and Myanmar showed the largest improvement since last year, while Iceland, Libya, Spain and Syria were among the countries most prominently getting worse, the organization said.

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