Political Capital has been undertaking extensive research on the effects of Russian institutional influence on Europe. We place considerable emphasis on the systematic examination of Russian geopolitical efforts to gain influence through political, cultural lobbying and propaganda, as well as “soft power” efforts to influence nation states at regional and EU levels.
This is not a new concern: our institute warned of the pro-Russian tendencies of Eastern European far-right parties as early as 2009, and our 2014 study revealed that the interests of the Kremlin were being furthered and incorporated into policy by far-right parties all over Europe. Indeed, in our unique country reports and regional comparative studies we unveiled the effects of the Kremlin’s presence on an even broader set of institutions, including mainstream political parties, the media, and civil society, while on the extremes, we exposed Kremlin efforts to influence the violent radicalisation of paramilitary groups.
In view of such worrying trends, our research aims to systematically examine the foreign policy of the authoritarian Russian regime, to map and document its effects on the countries in the CEE region, and to warn of risks posed by Russian influence on international politics and security policy.
For any enquiries about Russia-Europe relations, please contact our senior affiliate, Péter Krekó.