Tansparency International has unveiled the annual list of 182 most corrupt nations. The organization ranked Russia 143rd together with Uganda, and Nigeria.
Azerbaijan, Comoro Islands, Belarus, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda and East Timor make Russia's company on the list of Transparency International. In comparison with the previous year, Russia has climbed 11 positions on TI's Corruption Perception Index.
The top three of world's least corrupt nations are New Zealand, Denmark and Finland (9.5, 9.4 and 9.4 points respectively). The world's most corrupt countries are Somalia and North Korea (1.0 points each). North Korea was included on the survey for the first time.
Since 1995, Transparency International (TI) publishes the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) annually ranking countries "by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys." The CPI generally defines corruption as "the misuse of public power for private benefit. As of 2010, the CPI ranks 178 countries "on a scale from 10 (very clean) to 0 (highly corrupt)."
During the congress of United Russia party, President Medvedev said that the Russian society was fed up with corruption.
"The society is becoming more open and educated. The citizens justifiably want to control the power. Everyone is fed up with corruption and the stupidity of the system. We all want justice," Medvedev stated.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge