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Ukraine Remains Most Corrupt Country in Europe

A year after the events on Independence Square in Kyiv, Ukraine remains the most corrupt country in Europe.

International non-governmental organization Transparency International made such a conclusion on the basis of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2014.

“The new Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2014 by Transparency International showed that Ukraine did not overcome the threshold of ‘corruption disgrace.’ Having received only one additional point, in comparison with 2013, Ukraine remains in the club of the most corrupt countries,” the organization said in a press release.

This year Ukraine scored 26 of 100 and took 142nd place of 175 in the CPI by Transparency International. “Again Ukraine shares scores with Uganda and the Comoros as one of the most corrupt countries in the world,” reads the statement.

The disappointing results according to the international anti-corruption community are caused by the hardly noticeable progress in destruction of corruption schemes that remained after the previous ruling regimes since Ukraine became independent. “Indeed, despite ‘the facade change,’ Ukraine continues treading water. The newly-adopted laws have not yet given the tangible results in anti-corruption fighting,” experts said.

At the same time, Transparency International noted some anti-corruption steps by the country -bureaucracy is not as strangling for business as it was before; export and import became freer of bribes.