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The Threat of Kleptocracy: States Bordering the Russian Federation

The Threat of Kleptocracy: States Bordering the Russian Federation October 19th Event

On October 19, Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative held a discussion on the threats posed by kleptocracy to states bordering the Russian Federation.

The expansion of the Kremlin’s kleptocracy is now seriously undermining the integrity of Europe. Nowhere is this threat more salient than in the Baltics, Eastern Europe, and Ukraine, whose security is directly threatened by Russia’s exported corruption, disinformation, and military aggression.

Pushing back against Russia’s kleptocratic onslaught should be a major national security and foreign policy priority for the U.S. and its allies. Our October 19 discussion examined the current state of affairs and suggested policies for containing this threat.


Ambassador Rolandas Kriščiūnas Speaker

Ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Lithuania

Charles Davidson Speaker

Executive Director, Kleptocracy Initiative, Hudson Institute

Karen Dawisha Panelist

Author of Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?

Daniel Karson Panelist

Chairman, The Americas, Investigations and Disputes, Kroll

Marius Laurinavicius Panelist

BAFF Security Research Fellow, Hudson Institute

Liudas Jurkonis Panelist

Baltic Region Leader, Ernst & Young

Jonas Grinevičius Panelist

Director for Eastern Europe and Russia, Embassy of Lithuania

Kurt Volker Panelist

Executive Director, The McCain Institute

David Kramer Panelist

Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy, The McCain Institute

Ben Judah Panelist

Author of This is London and Fragile Empire

Aivaras Abromavičius Panelist

Former Minister of Economy and Trade, Ukraine

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