Thursday, January 31, 2013

Russia: "high risk" of corruption in the military sector (NGOs)

The army and the Russian military-industrial complex high risk of corruption, according to the index of government anti-corruption in defense released Tuesday by Transparency International.

Based on a grid of 77 criteria, Russia was rated "D-", indicating a "high risk", alongside Belarus, China, Georgia, Israel, Turkey, Ukraine and some other countries. The only country to receive the highest rating, A are Australia and Germany, which have by organizing "effective mechanisms" to fight against corruption.

Among countries with "critical risk", the NGO cites Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya and Syria. The United States and Great Britain are in the group "low risk", while France, Spain, Italy and Poland are classified as "moderate risk."

The 82 countries studied accounted for 94% of global military spending in 2011, which amounted to 1.200 billion euros. According to Transparency, the overall cost of corruption in the defense sector is estimated at $ 20 billion per year.

In a study published in October 2012, Transparency International ranked the major military contractors and exporters of Russian weapons among the least transparent in the world. Representatives of the companies mentioned in the report were subsequently denounced the document as an "instrument of unfair competition" to undermine confidence in the Russian producers

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