MOSCOW, January 27 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – Russia managed to rise 17 places for the past year to 119th in Transparency International's 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), a ranking of public sector corruption, according to the organization’s report.

The CPI, released annually since 1995, scores and ranks the world’s countries and territories according to the perceived corruptness of their public sectors. The CPI is a composite index based on a “combination of surveys and assessments of corruption, collected by a variety of reputable institutions,” according to an information sheet provided by Transparency International.

Each country in the index is assigned both a score and a ranking. The score falls on a scale ranging from zero to 100 – zero being the worst in terms of the perception of corruption, and 100 being the best.

Russia has scored 29 points. In 2014, Russia ranked 136th out of 175 countries with the score of 27. In 2013, Russia got 28 points and took 127th place.

The top three places in the 2015 rating were given to Denmark, Finland and Sweden with the scores of 91, 90 and 89 respectively.

Afghanistan, North Korea and Somali were seen as being the most corrupt countries, each receiving a score of 8.