Strategic Analysis: Russian Business Activity in Latvia (Abstract)

Of the three Baltic states, Latvia has the biggest portion of ethnic Russians comprising about 25% of the country’s population. Some 34% of Latvians speak Russian as a first language, which is also the highest figure of any EU country. The leading pro-Russian political party in Latvia is the Harmony Centre, a five-party coalition that depends primarily on an ethnic Russian voter base. Many Latvians reportedly view the party (and its ...

Strategic Analysis: Russian Business Activity in Lithuania (Abstract)

An estimated 90% of Lithuania’s imports from Russia consist of the supply of energy (imports that account for 46% of the country’s electricity, 98% of the country’s crude oil and, prior to the recent arrival of the floating LNG terminal, 100% of the country’s natural gas). That said, Lithuania has been one of the most compelling success stories over the past five years with regard to demonstrating the speed and efficiency with which a ...

Strategic Analysis: Russian Business Activity in Ukraine (Abstract)

When examined visually, and in the aggregate, the global footprint cultivated by Russian state-owned enterprises is complex and especially entrenched within Russia’s neighboring states. Although these investments are often driven by commercial considerations, there is often a dual-purpose to their activities, with projects chosen that are directly supportive of short- and long-term Russian national security objectives. Indeed, it is also ...