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1st Edition

The Russian Economic Grip on Central and Eastern Europe

ISBN 9780815363422
Published October 25, 2018 by Routledge
240 Pages - 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is about the use of economic and state capture levers for achieving political clout. It details how Moscow has been able to exploit governance deficits and influence decision-making in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe through a range of economic means. The comparative country by country perspective on Russia’s corporate presence, trade, and investment in particular sectors of the region, especially energy, shows the patterns of the Kremlin’s use of economic presence and state capture tactics to amplify political and social leverage. By collating economic data with an analysis of governance loopholes and the political process, the authors reveal the Kremlin’s methods for swaying national policies, especially through the exploitation of governance failures in these countries. The book thereby highlights how Russia’s economic power is related to its wider strategic goals. It concludes that Russia’s economic grip, both direct and indirect, is tighter than official statistics imply.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Ognian Shentov

Part One: Russian Influence Root Causes

1.1. Reassessing Russian Influence: Economic and Governance Underpinning  -Martin Vladimirov

1.2. State Capture: Kremlin’s Influence Amplifier - Alexander Stoyanov and Ruslan Stefanov

1.3 Russian Influence, Trust in Media and Media Capture -Todor Yalamov

1.4. Structural Economic Vulnerabilities - Ruslan Stefanov and. Martin Vladimirov

Part Two: The National Specifics of Russian Economic Influence and State Capture

2.1. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Institutional Fissures - Martin Vladimirov

2.2. Bulgaria: State Capture Unplugged - Martin Vladimirov and Ruslan Stefanov

2.3. Hungary: Leveraging Political Influence - Andras Deak and Csaba Weiner

2.4. Latvia: Follow the Money - Liudas Zdanavicius and Reinis Aboltins

2.5. Lithuania: Resilience Despite the Odds - Liudas Zdanavicius

2.6. Macedonia: A New Russian Frontier - Sonja Risteska

2.7. Montenegro: The Power of Small  - Martin Vladimirov

2.8. Serbia: Restoring the Great Game - Nemanja Todorović Štiplija and Igor Novakovic

2.9. Slovakia: Energy Dependence Vulnerabilities - Kristian Takac

Conclusion - Ognian Shentov

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Ognian Shentov is Chairman of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Sofia, Bulgaria

Ruslan Stefanov is the Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy Economic Program, Sofia, Bulgaria

Martin Vladimirov is an analyst at the Center for the Study of Democracy, Sofia, Bulgaria