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Georgia – still “excellent” in corruption2010-07-01 15:50
After interpretation of the 2008 war report in Georgia's favor by the country's authorities to see masterly explanations of foreign surveys is no more a surprise. Today Western experts made another statement that invalidates Mikheil Saakashvili's favorite trump card. Freedom House report retains Georgia's corruption rate at the level of year 2000. At first Tbilisi referred it to incorrect translation and a wrong method of research...
Corruption in Georgia ranks with a score of 5 which is not so bad in comparison with other post-Soviet states. Freedom House estimates the democracy score by 8 parameters using a scale where 7 is the lowest mark and 1 is the highest. For instance, compared to the previous report Russia is presented even more corrupt by the experts of the international organization: current 6.5 vs previous 6.25 meaning deterioration.
The Russian president at least acknowledges that the problem exists. In Georgia, however, exterminated corruption is Mikheil Saakashvili's special pride. So having a 5 with this appraisal system is equal to being a hopeless non-achiever.
Particularly when Freedom House granted a score of 5 to Edward Shevarnadze's government in 2000. Now his successor asserts that bribing of the epoch of the "old fox" is eradicated.
A comment on the figures published in the report reads that on the whole people face corruption in their everyday life less frequently. Though the sphere of state orders and state purchases, as well as privatization process remain highly non-transparent presenting loopholes for corrupt officials in upper echelons of power. Thus, the Freedom House report justifies old accusations of the radical opposition against the government. Bribing is just nicely disguised.
Georgia's prevailing authorities have immediately tried to find explanations for "unfair" assessment of their president's efforts. Akaky Minashvili from the parliamentary majority said the conclusion of the report is this: the struggle against corruption is progressing well. Information that the country returned to the rate of 1999-2000 is misinterpretation, the deputy thinks.
But figures are stubborn. Find the rating in a chart posted on the organization's site.
That is why another advocate of Georgian government - Gigi Tevgadze, president of Tbilisi State University - in his interview with Radio Liberty found another explanation: wrong methodology of the report composition.