PONARS Policy Memo 351 - The Role of Business in Russian Foreign and Security Relations
November 1, 2004
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has developed a powerful business community and a potent network of transnational organized crime groups. These new actors are having a significant impact on the evolution of the Russian state and its foreign relations. The scope of these firms is enormous, from well-known gigantic energy and metals companies to small-scale businesses involved in exporting logs illegally across Russia's porous borders.