What is the Declarator's Index and how is it calculated?

The Index is based on data from income and estate declarations filed yearly by persons who occupy official positions, by federal level officials and members of their families as well as data from their pre-ballot income declarations. These data include information on real estate owned or otherwise enjoyed by the official personally and by their spouse and minor children, as well as on their vehicles and yearly income.

The purpose of the Index is to provide information on substantial differences between figures in an individual official's declaration and the average figures from all official's data in the Declarator's database. The Index allows the user to compare public figures in the Declarator's database.

The Index is calculated based on 25 binary variables, whose value is 1 if the condition is fulfilled and 0 if it is not. More detailed information on the Index' valuables can be found in the relevant section "Declarator Index variables".

Index is based on data, filled in Declarator's machine-readable database. The value of each variable for each person is calculated daily, based  on data currently filled in the database.

The value of a person's index is not a sign of their corruptness or probity. Declarator's Index values only allow to compare persons included in the project's database between themselves. The results of these operations are objective, accurate and based on officially published data.

The maximum value of Declarator's index is 100. Minimum theoretical value of Declarator's index is 0, the lowest real value is 54 (as of January 1st, 2021).

All the variables of Declarator's index have an equal weight W, which depends on the number of variables currently in the index. A variable's weight is calculated according to the formula:

W = max value of the Index / number of variables existing in the system

How to compute the Index' value?

    1. Define the number of variables (from the Index' 25 variables), that take the value 1 in the current year's declaration, i.e. verify if the condition is fulfilled for each variable. More detailed information can be found in the relevant section "Variables of Declarator's Index".
    2. Multiply the number of variables that take the value 1 by the variable weight W
    3. If in a person's previous declarations some conditions were not fulfilled which are fulfilled in the declarations of the current year or if no declaration is available for the current year, it is necessary to find out their number, multiply this number by the weight of the valuable in the index (4) and apply the temporal discounting operation i.e. to lower the weight of an individual variable in the index depending on the number of years elapsed since the condition was first fulfilled. You may see a more detailed example of the temporal discounting operation in the example below.

From the maximal possible value of Declarator's Index (100) we should deduct the number of variables taking value 1 after multiplying it by 4, then also deduct the number of variables that had value 1 in previous years after multiplying it by 4 and by temporal discount.

Types of variables

Two types of variables are used to calculate the index: variables relative to the person and variables relative to the declaration. The values of the variables relative to the person is dependent on the information on that person available in the service and is not linked to a specific period of time. The variable relative to the declaration is tied to a specific period of time and the temporal discount operation is applied to it.

Temporal discounting operation

The temporal discounting operation is applied to the value of a person's variable relative to the declaration: from its value multiplied by weight one tenth is deducted for every full year that passed after the publication date of the declaration.

Example:

As of May 1st, 2020, two declarations are available for a person, one from 2015 and another from 2019.

As of May 1st, 2020, 25 variables are functional in the system. The weight of each variable is determined according to the following formula:

w = 100 / 25 = 4

The person's 2015 declaration contains information on 10 cars and 5 motorbikes, one of 25 variables takes value different from zero, the variable s12. If we align all the the 2015 declarations available in the database on the criteria of vehicles owned, one needs to own 10 or more vehicles in order for the declaration to be in the 10% with the highest value of this indicator (the declaration falls in the 90th percentile for this indicator).

4 years have elapsed since the declaration was published, so after applying the temporal discounting we obtain the final weight of the variable:

S12 = W-4*(0.1*W)=2.4

Both declarations contain mention of ownership of a house in France (the variable s20 takes the value 1, since the declarer has mentioned real estate abroad). A full year has not elapsed since the 2019 declaration has been published (information was published in 2020), so no temporal discounting is applied:

S20 = W = 4

The final value of the Index for the current year 2019 is calculated following the formula:

i = 100 - (s12-(0,1*s12)-(0,1*s12)-(0,1*s12)-(0,1*s12))-s20

Therefore, in our example:

i = 100 - 2,4 - 4 = 93,6

Declarator Index variables

name description
s1 The variable takes value 1 if the declaration contains at lis one item (real-estate property, income, vehicle) relative to a minor child (with or without mention of their sex) and at the same time there is no items (real-estate properties, income, vehicles) relative to their spouse. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
s2 The variable takes value 1 if the declarer did not mention any residential property (house or apartment) in their declaration. This applies to full ownership, undivided or parts based co-ownership as well as to usufruct. The variable takes value 0 in other cases.
s3 The variable takes value 1 if the declaration contains mentions relative to the spouse (income, real estate or vehicles owned, real estate in usufruct) but the spouse doesn't own or enjoy usufruct of residential property (house or apartment). The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
s4 The variable takes value 1 if the declaration contains mentions relative to declarant's minor child or children (income, real estate or vehicles owned, real estate in usufruct) but the minor children themselves don't own or otherwise enjoy any residential property (house or apartment). The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
s5 The variable takes value 1 if the number of real estate assets which fall under the category "appartments" and enjoyed by the declarer is higher than such number for 99% of other declarations in the Declarator's database relative to the same year. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
s6 The variable takes value 1 if the number of real estate assets which fall under the category "houses" and enjoyed by the declarer is higher than such number for 99% of other declarations in the Declarator's database relative to the same year. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
s7 The variable takes value 1 if the number of real estate assets which fall under the category "summer houses" and enjoyed by the declarer is higher than such number for 99% of other declarations in the Declarator's database relative to the same year. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
s8 The variable takes value 1 if the number of real estate assets which fall under the category "plot of land" and enjoyed by the declarer is higher than such number for 99% of other declarations in the Declarator's database relative to the same year. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
p4 The variable takes value 1 if the database contains 2 or more anti-corruption declarations relative to the same person. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
p5 The variable takes value 1 if the person has three or more anti-corruption declarations for a given year. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
s12 The value takes value 1 if the number of vehicles owned by the declarer is bigger than the number of vehicles owned by any of 90% of other declarers present in the Declarator's database for the same reporting year. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
s13 The variable takes value 1 if the number of vehicles owned by the declarer's spouse is bigger than the same parameter for 99% of other declarers present in the Declarator's database for the same reporting year. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
s14 The variable takes value 1 if the declaration contains mention of vehicles owned by a minor child. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
s20 The variable takes value 1 if the declaration contains real-estate property situated abroad, under declarers individual or joint ownership. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
s22 The variable takes value 1 if the declaration contains mention of ownership of an aircraft; it takes value 0 in other cases.
s24 The variable takes value 1 if the total income of the declarers immediate family members (spouse and minor children) is 7 or more times higher than the declarer's income. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
s15

The variable takes value 1 if the total area of declarer's real-estate properties in the category "apartments" is higher than the same parameter for 99% declarations for the same year in Declator's database. It takes value 0 in other cases.

When calculating total area in the declaration, the following multipliers are applied:
1 for individual ownership
0.5 for ownership in common
0.5 for fractional ownership if the percentage of the part owned is not specified
percentage of the part if it is specified.

s16

The variable takes value 1 if the total area of declarer's real-estate properties in the category "house" is higher than the same parameter for 99% declarations for the same year in Declator's database. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.

When calculating total area in the declaration, the following multipliers are applied:
1 for individual ownership
0.5 for ownership in common
0.5 for fractional ownership if the percentage of the part owned is not specified
percentage of the part if it is specified.

s17

The variable takes value 1 if the total area of declarer's real-estate properties in the category "country house" is higher than the same parameter for 99% declarations for the same year in Declator's database. It takes value 0 in other cases.

When calculating total area in the declaration, the following multipliers are applied:
1 for individual ownership
0.5 for ownership in common
0.5 for fractional ownership if the percentage of the part owned is not specified
percentage of the part if it is specified.

s18

The variable takes value 1 if the total area of declarer's real-estate properties in the category "plot of land" is higher than the same parameter for 99% declarations for the same year in Declator's database. It takes value 0 in other cases.

When calculating total area in the declaration, the following multipliers are applied:
1 for individual ownership
0.5 for ownership in common
0.5 for fractional ownership if the percentage of the part owned is not specified
percentage of the part if it is specified.

s19

The variable takes value 1 if the total area of declarer's real-estate properties in the category "parking" is higher than the same parameter for 99% declarations for the same year in Declator's database. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases. It is calculated by adding the area of properties owned by the declarer and his family members in the reporting year. 

When calculating total area in the declaration, the following multipliers are applied:
1 for individual ownership
0.5 for ownership in common
0.5 for fractional ownership if the percentage of the part owned is not specified
percentage of the part if it is specified.

s23 The variable takes value 1 if the number of a naval vessels owned by the declarer is higher than the same parameter for 99% of declarations for the same reporting year in the Declarator's database. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
p7 The variable takes the value 1 if the declarer has 2 or more declarations for the same year which show a difference in income of more than 1 ruble. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.
p1

The variable takes value 1 if the person is in the results of the script search of persons who move between positions in different public bodies together. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases. 

More details on the functioning of the script: declarator.org/migration_methodology

s25 The variable takes value 1 if the person has a declaration of the "pre-election declaration" type. The variable takes the value 0 in other cases.