A police officer in Georgia. Photo: REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze

24 January 2020, 21:51

Georgia falls in corruption perception rating

Following the results of 2019, Georgia lost three places in the Corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International (TI). Despite the above fact, Georgia is ahead of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia.

Following the results of 2019, Georgia turned out to be the least corrupt country among states in the Caucasus, the TI's website reports. The country gained 56 points and took the 44th place among 180 countries, sharing it with Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, and Latvia. Armenia scored 42 points and took the 77th place, while Azerbaijan took the 126th place with 30 points. Russia occupied the 137th place in the rating with 28 points out of 100, like in 2018.

"Georgia continues to take the first place in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. However, the lack of progress in Georgia in recent years indicates stagnation in anti-corruption reform," said Eka Gigauri, Executive Director of Transparency International Georgia, on the air of the "Mtavari Arkhi" TV Company.

The Corruption Perception Index reflects the actual situation, political analyst Gia Nodiya believes.

The growth of corruption directly affects the economy and the standard of living of people in the country, notes Roman Gotsiridze, the leader of the parliamentary faction of the "Unified National Movement" (UNM) Party.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 24, 2020 at 12:34 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Galina Gotua; Source: CK correspondent

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