Kazakhstan: Endless corruption Also from

by Nathan Hamm on 8/31/2003

Kazakhstan: Endless corruption
Also from IWPR is a good article on corruption and Kazakh business.
Most businessmen see bribery and other forms of corruption as
absolutely necessary for staying afloat. Now, to be quite fair,
corruption can be kind of a good thing to a degree, it does reallocate
wealth and assets away from the state (very unfairly, but still…). At
a certain point, you either have to institutionalize corrupt practices,
bringing them into the bright light of taxability as it were, or crack
down and inject fairness and accountability. The case of Kazakhstan
shows how corruption begets corruption as officials create new rules to
stifle business to force businessmen to pay more bribes.

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