Transparency Releases List of Big Corruption Scandals

Transparency Releases List of Big Corruption Scandals. Photo: Transparency International
Transparency Releases List of Big Corruption Scandals. Photo: Transparency International

Global anti-corruption research organization Transparency International has compiled a list of some of the biggest corruption scandals over the past 25 years that it says inspired widespread public condemnation, toppled governments, and sent people to prison.

According to Transparency, these scandals involve politicians across political parties and from the highest reaches of government, staggering amounts of bribes and money laundering of epic proportions.

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In the wake of many of these scandals, many governments and international bodies committed to or implemented anti-corruption reforms, counted and, in some cases, recovered losses.

Corruption Scandals

1. Siemens: corruption made in Germany

2. Draining Nigeria of its assets

3. Fujimori’s Peru: death squads, embezzlement and good public relations

4. Kadyrov’s Chechnya: bikers, boxers, bribes

5. Shutting down competition in Tunisia

6. Ukraine’s missing millions

7. Ricardo Martinelli’s spy-game in Panama

8. The 1MDB fund: from Malaysia to Hollywood

9. The Russian Laundromat (with a little help from Moldova)

10. Spain’s largest corruption scandal: Gürtel

11. Venezuela’s currencies of corruption

12. The Panama Papers

13. Maldives: a paradise lost

14. Teodorín Obiang’s #LuxuryLiving in Equatorial Guinea

15. How the Gupta family captured South Africa through bribery

16. Lebanon’s garbage: the stench of corruption

17. FIFA’s football parallel universe

18. Myanmar’s dirty jade business

19. Fighting impunity in Guatemala

20. Turkey’s “gas for gold” scheme

21. The Azerbaijani Laundromat

22. Paradise Papers: where the rich & powerful hide their money

23. Operation Lava Jato: clean cars, dirty money

24. The Troika Laundromat

25. Andrej Babiš’s conflict of interest in Czechia

While much progress has been made to improve accountability, raise awareness about how corruption happens, and change norms and perceptions, Transparency says we still have a long way to go to learn from these scandals and fight corruption effectively.

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