As we reflect on the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent development of former Soviet republics as independent countries, the story of corruption is a difficult one to avoid.
Corruption, in many ways, became synonymous with the early years of transition. Over the years it has grown to be the defining feature of many of the today’s political and economic systems in the region. All this despite the increasing rhetoric about the need to fight it.
Successful efforts to combat corruption are few, and even success stories sometimes have a dark side. It seems to cement its hold on economies despite many efforts to rid them of it. Yet, as I am constantly reminded by those in the region who continue to mount anti-corruption programs, it is important to stay optimistic.
There are several corruption lessons that can be learned from its evolution in the post-Soviet space. Read More...