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Political risk for foreign firms in the Western CIS – An analysis on Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine


  • Kari Liuhto
  • Marika Heikkilae
  • Eini Laaksonen


This report analyses the political risks of Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine from a foreign firm's point of view. Russia's increasing economic nationalism means increasing investment risk for foreign investors. The political climate in Ukraine is unfavourable to foreign investment but not to the extent that it would prevent or seriously restrict the possibilities of operating in the market. The political risk in Belarus is related to the centralisation of authority over economic policy. In Moldova, political risks for foreign investors are clearly present in this economically and politically problematic situation. All in all, political risk remains elevated in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

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  • Kari Liuhto & Marika Heikkilae & Eini Laaksonen, 2009. "Political risk for foreign firms in the Western CIS – An analysis on Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 14(4), pages 395-407.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2009_04_liuhto

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    1. World Bank, 2010. "Belarus : Transport Sector Policy Note," World Bank Other Operational Studies 19462, The World Bank.

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    political risks; foreign firms; Belarus; Moldova; Russia; Ukraine;

    JEL classification:

    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions


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