Energy, Russian Influence & Democratic Backsliding in Central & Eastern Europe

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The democratic transitions in Central and Eastern Europe are facing significant challenges. Across the region, Russia is expanding its economic and political influence and using it to undermine democratic standards and values. Utilizing its strong position as a dominant energy supplier to the EU and former Soviet republics, Russia is employing economic incentives and punishment to undermine democratic transitions, counter European integration, and erode commitments to EU policies.

Working with prominent think tanks from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Hungary, the Romania-based Expert Forum is conducting research to better understand and spotlight Russia’s negative influence on the energy sector. The Expert Forum and its partners will present and discuss this project’s findings and offer policy recommendations to mitigate Russia’s impact.



National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street #800
Washington DC 20004

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