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Measuring Corruption

ByPetter Langseth

Within the field of corruption studies much attention has been paid to variations of corruption across countries and regions. In fact many can trace the global increased interest in corruption to the attention getting the Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International. The Russian Regional Corruption Index looked at a country of 89 federal regions with 145 million population spread across 17 million sq. km and 11 time zones and provides a step towards breaking the myth of Russia as a monolithic giant mired in universal and rampant corruption. From January 2002 to January 2003, the Center for Anti-corruption Research and Initiative Transparency International, Russia (TI-R) carried out a public opinion survey, 'Corruption Indices for Russian Regions'. The objective of this study is to create a multidimensional picture of corruption in the Russian Federation and its regions. The Corruption Index includes characteristics of everyday and business corruption markets.