Afghanistan and Russia debate corruption

President Vladimir Putin President Vladimir Putin of Russia is reportedly trying to fight corruption

Afghan media argue over reported corruption - while Russians try to stop criminal behaviour among officials. And people go to the polls in India.

A monitoring organisation called Transparency International publishes an annual report, Corruption Perceptions Index, which looks at countries around the world.

The report bases its rankings on data collected from the World Bank, the Economist Intelligence Unit and other organisations. And this year, according to the report, Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt nations.

Journalists in Afghanistan have examined the findings - and come to different conclusions.

"Eighty percent of corruption is caused by foreigners in Afghanistan," say editorial writers for a privately owned Afghan daily called Sarnawesht.

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"Corruption can be curbed in Afghanistan only if [foreign troops] withdraw from Afghanistan or their presence is legalised," they write.

In contrast the editorial writers for a privately owned publication, the Daily Afghanistan, say that the Transparency International report has merit.

"Afghanistan is still one of the world's most corrupt countries," they write. "The annual reports issued by ministries and governors paint a different picture of the country.

"They suggest that there is no problem in Afghanistan at all, but the reality is different. We can honestly say that all of those reports are untrue."

Meanwhile in Moscow President Vladimir Putin is reportedly trying to root out corruption. In newspaper offices, however, writers are sceptical about his efforts.

Officials look at documents in a polling station Officials reviewed material in a polling station before the elections in Delhi

"The new directorate will be a strictly bureaucratic structure whose work is limited to receiving official information from ministries and departments and studying it," say writers for a newspaper called Vedomosti.

"There is no clear procedure for how the new structure will be providing information to the general public.

"The presidential decree pays very little attention to co-operation with society or its activists who on their own initiative look for information on bribes, kickbacks, undeclared property and conflicts of interests."

Millions are voting in state polls in India. Writers for the Times of India describe one of the elections - in Delhi - as "hotly contested, evenly matched and unpredictable".

These elections have important implications for the future. Writers for the Indian news agency, Press Trust of India, say that they are "seen as the semi-final for the Lok Sabha", referring to parliamentary elections that will be held next year.

(From reports provided by BBC Monitoring)



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    Comment number 4.

    Vladimir Putin is reportedly trying to root out corruption?...
    I guess he will have to 'root' himself out first, return all the stolen businesses and resources he and his mafia cohorts stole over the last 20 years and then fire almost all of the civil service. Then the new president might have a chance to fight the corruption!

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    Comment number 3.

    These nations are the biggest arguments to abandon interventionist philosophy. Afghans are at least victimized by a slightly more legitimate government, NK is and remains silly. Putin is what he has always been KGB. Corruption is a second language in these nations that needs to be mastered to get the most basic task started yet never finished.

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    Comment number 2.

    The article is wrong when it says Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. As per the link provided in the article, Afghanistan is The Most Corrupt country in the world, tied with Somalia and North Korea (one without a government and the other with a spoiled boy running it)

    But this isn't the only international distinction Afghanistan holds. See this:


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    Comment number 1.

    ""Eighty percent of corruption is caused by foreigners in Afghanistan," say editorial writers for a privately owned Afghan daily called Sarnawesht."

    And the Americans have poured money for influence and come up empty as Karzai still won't agree to an exit deal! How does the US get its money back: by freezing the off-shore banks accounts of Karzai & his minions? Might prompt a quick settlement?


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