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Russia may undermine East European liberal democracy

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Significance

Although Russian influence abroad has become a global concern in light of the US election hacking scandal, Central-Eastern Europe (CEE), which Moscow has traditionally seen as a buffer between itself and the West, is perhaps the most exposed to meddling. Global interdependence and the increased haziness of boundaries make countering it difficult.

Impacts

  • Russia will spread disunity in the EU in order to have the sanctions imposed on it lifted.
  • The moral authority of liberal democratic countries will suffer and illiberal forms of governance gain more respectability worldwide.
  • President Vladimir Putin's power will be further entrenched if Russia becomes established as an influential player.
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