Russia remains at the end of the list of countries where people live in peace and harmony: at the end of 2011, the country ranked 153-th place of 158 in the rating of the Index of peacefulness of the Institute of Economics and the world. Russia is considered aggressive because of the serious military budget, the large number of prisoners and the ongoing clashes in the North Caucasus, writes RBC daily.
The index is calculated from the 23 indicators, including the level of militarization and the percentage of prisoners per capita. The second year in a row Iceland has been recognized as the most peaceful country, Western Europe is the most peaceful region. Due to the events of the “Arab Spring”, for the first time since the introduction of the index in 2007, the most volatile region was replaced - sub-Saharan African countries gave way to the Middle East and North Africa. The best example of improving relations among Latin American countries, according to the rating, was shown by Venezuela (123) and Colombia (144).
Russia's position in the ranking is constantly deteriorating. If in the 2007 year Russia took the 118 place due to the high level of organized crime and the bloated state of the army, then a year later it dropped to the 131 place, then on the 136, 143, and in the 2010 year in the Moscow metro on Lubyanka and Park Kultury - on 147.
The newspaper notes that the overall assessment of Russia practically does not change from year to year, but it is rolled back due to the inclusion of new countries with a higher level of peacefulness in the rating.
The authors of the report note that Russia remains among the leaders in the export of conventional weapons, the number of heavy weapons, as well as the number of police per capita. In addition, the situation remains turbulent in the North Caucasus.
The founder of the index, a well-known Australian philanthropist Stephen Killelea, in an interview with the publication admitted that it is impossible to speak about the peacefulness of an entire nation. “I can say that, for example, here in Sydney, Russian people work, in particular in the IT sphere. They are brilliant mathematicians and very peaceful people,” he said.
When asked where he would feel safer (from the countries - neighbors of the Russian Federation on the list) - in Russia, Syria or the DPRK, Killelea admitted that in the DPRK, despite the totalitarian regime, it is safe to go on a business trip, and in Russia it will be calmer downtown than in some unsafe suburbs.
Top ten peace-loving countries
3 New Zealand
The last ten of peace-loving countries
151. Central African Republic (CAR)
154. Democratic Republic of Congo