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Corruption is a global challenge which may impact negatively on economic growth and sustainable development of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). All of these five countries have been held back by corruption, in varying ways, but their rising importance to the global economic system ensures the spotlight now shines brighter than ever on them. Yet some of the BRICS countries have handled the issue better than others. According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (2017), in the BRICS bloc of major emerging economies, South Africa is ranked the best (71st), followed by China (77th) and India (81st), with Brazil is 96th and Russia 135th out of 180 countries. These five nations support the strengthening of international cooperation against corruption, including through the BRICS Anti-Corruption Working Group, as well as on matters related to asset recovery and persons sought for corruption. This article provides a detailed analysis of anti-corruption legislation of four of the BRICS countries (Brazil, South Africa, China and India), as well as a brief overview of the efforts of these countries in the fight against corruption.

About the Authors

A. Kurakin
Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation
Russian Federation

Professor, Department of Legal Regulation of Economic Activity

53/1 Leningradskiy Av., Moscow, 125993

A. Sukharenko
New Challenges and Threats Study Center
Russian Federation


16 Sabaneeva St., Room 116, Vladivostok, 690087


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For citations:

Kurakin A., Sukharenko A. ANTI-CORRUPTION IN THE BRIСS COUNTRIES. BRICS Law Journal. 2018;5(1):56-77.

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