A view of the Central Square in Prague, Czech Republic.
A new Czech travel agency has started tours highlighting sites linked to corruption. CorruptTour agency touts the “best of the worst” trips to posh villas, a nonsensical funicular (railway), a non-existent Olympic stadium, even a big, boxy concrete mausoleum.
In Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perception Index, the Czech Republic ranked 57th alongside Namibia and Saudi Arabia on the list of 183 countries, topped by squeaky clean New Zealand and ending with Somalia.
David Ondracka, head of the international graft watchdog’s Czech branch, says the trend is getting worse.
Most Czechs don’t believe the centre-right government is making good on promises to fight graft even though Prime Minister Petr Necas has sacked four ministers over corruption allegations since his cabinet took power in 2010.
Here is a short YouTube video entitled: ‘Corrupt Tour’ Shows Tourists Prague’s Dark Underbelly. English sub-title is provided.