Russia, Nation of Thieves
Russia’s so-called president spent the last year, according to his own propaganda, furiously working to reduce Russia’s virulent corruption. So naturally, the most recent corruption survey by Transparency International shows that Russia has gotten even worse.
Russia dropped from #146 to #154 in the world in terms of corruption. Only a tiny handful of countries on the entire planet are more corrupt than Russia, and not a single one of the G-20 nations is as corrupt as Russia. TI stated: “There are no significant changes. Regarding corruption, everything remains just as bad as it was.”
Even the Russians themselves are appalled.
Yelena Panfilova, director of the Moscow office of TI asked: “How can a country claiming to be a world leader, claiming to be a major energy power, be in such a position? It’s a situation of national shame.’’
Sergei Markov, a Duma deputy for United Russia, admitted that Georgia’s record fighting corruption was far better than Russia’s: “Mikheil Saakashvili may be a war criminal, but he has fought corruption effectively.” Georgia ranks #66 on the TI list.
Let’s be perfectly clear: Even if Russia’s performance on the TI survey were twice as good as it is, and Russia were ranked #73, Russia would still be an appalling, shocking disaster. Such a rating would put Russia in the company of Romania, Columbia and Suriname, surely no basis for Russia to belong to such panels as the G-8 and UN Security Council.
But Russia’s performance is in fact so much worse. Russia is, in fact, keeping company with utterly backwards African states like Kenya, Cameroon and Sierra Leone. One is reminded of the apt phrase coined years ago by the Atlantic magazine: “Zaire, with permafrost.” Russians aspire to be as good as Suriname one day.
A fish rots from the head, and surely Russians are no worse than their leadership. Vladimir Putin may well be one of the very most corrupt persons on this planet, and his secret background may very well include acts of state-sponsored murder and torture. Putin has done nothing about corruption despite years in power and horrifyingly vast power because, undoubtedly, he is one of its prime beneficiaries.
Russia is being eaten way by internal corruption and sooner rather than later will face inevitable collapse.