Authoritarian Corrosive Capital in the CEE

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A new paper series edited by CEIAS focuses on the effects of authoritarian corrosive capital on governance in the CEE countries.

Researchers from Slovakia, Romania, Slovenia, and Latvia provide an overview of Chinese and Russian economic activities in several CEE countries, the role of corrosive capital, and offer plenty of recommendations for the public, private and NGO sectors in safeguarding CEE countries against the malign effects of corrosive capital, and attracting constructive capital in its stead.

Oligarchs and Party Folks

Chinese Corrosive Capital in Slovakia and Czechia

Danger Almost Deferred?

Chinese Corrosive Capital in Bulgaria and Romania

Many a Mickle Makes a Muckle

Chinese Corrosive Capital in Croatia

Gas and Dirty Money

Russian Corrosive Capital in Latvia

The paper series is supported by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). CIPE is not responsible for the content of this publication, or for any use that may be made of it. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) alone. These views do not necessarily reflect those of CIPE.


  • Matej Šimalčík is the CEIAS Executive Director. His research looks at China’s economic and political presence and ‎influence in Central Europe, elite relations as well as the role of European legal ‎instruments in dealing with China. ‎ He has a background in law (Masaryk University) and international relations (University ‎of Groningen). ‎ He is also a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of ‎Great Britain and Ireland and a contributor to the European Think-tank Network on ‎China (ETNC) and MapInfluenCE initiatives. Between April and September 2021, Matej was as a visiting EU China Policy Fellow at Mercator ‎Institute for China Studies (MERICS). ‎ Previously, he was an in-house legal counsel at the Slovak branch of Transparency ‎International, a global anti-corruption watchdog, where he focused on promoting ‎transparency and countering corruption in the judiciary, legal tools for countering ‎corruption (freedom of information laws, whistleblowing, etc.), and strategic litigation ‎in public interest cases. He also practices law in Slovakia, where he focuses mostly on ‎competition, compliance, and administrative litigation.‎

  • Rumena Filipova’s main research interests focus on the politics and international relations of Central ‎and Eastern Europe, with a particular reference to questions of identity, media and disinformation, ‎and the authoritarian influence exercised by Russia and China in the region. ‎ Her book monograph Constructing the Limits of Europe: Identity and Foreign Policy in Poland, Bulgaria ‎and Russia since 1989 (provisional title), with forewords by Harald Wydra and Gergana Yankova-‎Dimova, is forthcoming with Ibidem Verlag, distributed by Columbia University Press. ‎ Rumena has a background in the social and political sciences, having obtained a DPhil in International ‎Relations from the University of Oxford. She was a research fellow at the Center for the Study of ‎Democracy, having also previously held visiting fellowships at Carnegie Moscow Center, the Polish ‎Institute of International Affairs, the Centre for Liberal Strategies.‎

  • Nina Pejič is a PhD candidate and a Junior Researcher at the Center of ‎International Relations, University of Ljubljana, studying the Chinese rise in ‎the political and economic realm, focusing especially on technological ‎aspects of its growth. ‎In 2020, she took over the role of the Head of the Research Unit at EARL – ‎East Asia Resource Library at the University of Ljubljana.‎

  • Evija Djatkoviča is a Research Fellow at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. Her research interests cover the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries, Belarus in ‎‎particular, regional security of the Baltic states, their hard and soft power ‎relations with ‎Russia, and the role of NATO on the Eastern flank. ‎ She has a background in political science ‎‎(University of Latvia). Since ‎‎2020, Evija holds a position of Research Fellow at the Latvian ‎Institute of ‎International Affairs and Riga Stradins University. Formerly she worked in ‎policy ‎consulting, at the OSCE ODIHR election observation missions and ‎the Slovak Embassy in ‎Latvia focusing on the analysis of the Baltic states’ ‎policies.‎