Freedom of the Press and Corruption in the Former Soviet Union
This paper examines the effect of freedom of the press on corruption levels in the countries and satellite states of the former Soviet Union. Though these countries have common issues resulting from their shared heritage in the Soviet regime, their courses of development since the collapse have diverged widely. Many have made remarkable strides in democratic development and market reform, but corruption continues to be a problem. Press freedom has shown to be an effective anti-corruption tool in many countries, but because of corruption issues particular to the Soviet legacy, its effect in this region cannot be considered without addressing broader issues of governance. These issues must be taken into account on a country-by-country basis when formulating an effective strategy against corruption.
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