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In that blog I lamented the fact that Ukraine now stood at place 146 out of 180 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International.

I noted how corruption reduced inward investment, and how helpful it would be if Ukraine could become the kind of country where the proverbial international investor sitting in a Cafe in Shanghai would say “Hey! I’ve heard Ukraine welcomes investors; the rule of law is good; and the court system is independent and incorruptible.

Let’s invest there!” I also noted in 2009 that the authorities had announced lots of anti-corruption measures; but it remained to be seen whether anything actually happened (or, to use a fine English expression, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”).

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