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Corruption Drops In 'Transitional' Countries

Anticorruption demonstration in Kyrgyzstan in May (RFE/RL) PRAGUE, July 26, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The World Bank released a report today saying that corruption has declined overall since 2000 in the "transitional" countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

The study looks at firm-level survey data to track trends in corruption, examining the reasons behind the progress in some countries.

It says targeted efforts to reduce corruption are showing positive results, but sustained reforms are needed to prevent backsliding.

The report singles out Georgia and Kyrgyzstan as examples of how anticorruption efforts have been handled in recent years.

The report says Georgia has made good progress on implementing anticorruption measures, but that Kyrgyzstan still has "a long way to go" in its fight with corruption.