Transparancy International published its 2008 Bribe-Payers Index earlier this week. TI states:
The 2008 BPI ranks 22 of the world’s wealthiest and economically dominant countries by the likelihood of their firms to bribe abroad. It is based on the informed observations of 2,742 senior business executives from companies in 26 developed and developing countries, selected on the size of their imports and inflows of foreign direct investment.
Russia ranked #22 on the list, dead last, the most corrupt nation on the survey. Russia was one of only seven countries on the list who are not signatories to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s convention against bribery. China joins Russia on that list of shame, and was also near the bottom of the list.
UPDATE: In response to a comment, we point out that TI’s most recent Corruption Perceptions Index, which ranks 180 countries (virtually the entire globe), finds that only 32 nations on the entire planet are more corrupt than Russia across a wide range of criteria. So Russia isn’t an atrocity only when compared to “the world’s wealthiest and economically dominant countries” but by any standard you care to name. As the commenter points out, it’s dubious whether Russia even belongs in the 22 nation group — many others have far higher per capita GDP than Russia and were excluded.