The 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International shows Ukraine languishing in 144th place, alongside Syria, Bangladesh and the Congo Republic in the bottom third of the results table. While no country had a perfect score, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand came top, while Georgia was the only former country of the Soviet Union to show an improvement over last year.

The report says that corruption is a major threat, destroying lives and communities, undermining government and institutions and posing a serious threat to stability. It's summary report concludes:

"Corruption translates into human suffering, with poor families being extorted for bribes to see doctors or to get access to clean drinking water. It leads to failure in the delivery of basic services like education or healthcare. It derails the building of essential infrastructure, as corrupt leaders skim funds.

Corruption amounts to a dirty tax, and the poor and most vulnerable are its primary victims."

"Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all aspects of decision-making. They must prioritise better rules on lobbying and political financing, make public spending and contracting more transparent, and make public bodies more accountable.

After a year with a global focus on corruption, we expected more governments to take a tougher stance against the abuse of power. The Corruption Perceptions Index results demonstrate that there are still many societies and governments that need to give a much higher priority to this issue."

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