Russian Economic Footprint in the Western Balkans

07.23.2020 | Case Studies

In 2017, CIPE embarked on a unique project, pioneering a new, comprehensive methodology to analyze:

  1. first, how “governance gaps” – such as loopholes in anticorruption policies, non-transparent procurement practices, and a lack of strong competition policies –create in the Balkans opportunities for the inflow of corrosive capital; and
  2. second, how that capital widens those governance gaps and potentially undermines the consolidation of democracy in the region.

A network of CIPE partners from Bulgaria, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina – have identified specific governance gaps, and in particular, have examined the extent and impact of Russia’s economic footprint in the region. We have compiled all of the reports on this page.

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