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  • n  a desperately poor landlocked country in western Africa; was formerly Upper Volta under French rule but gained independence in 1960
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  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who Has the Stickiest Fingers of Them All?
    There was a Cold War-era saying – attributed to various Western leaders, including Margaret Thatcher and Helmut Schmidt – that mocked Russia as being nothing more than “Upper Volta with missiles.” These days, when it comes to corruption, Russia can only wish it compared favorably to Upper Volta. The recently released Corruption Perception Index for 2013 , compiled by the watchdog group ...
    Dec. 6, 2013 - EurasiaNet

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