Corporate raiding in Russia

By Sarah Lain

This paper explores Russian corporate raiding (reiderstvo) tactics, which are used to pressure and/or steal businesses, often with the complicity of corrupt state authorities. Due to its complexity, defining reiderstvo in a way that is helpful can be challenging, but looking at the tactics involved in the practice, rather than the final result – the stealing of the business – can help to focus attention on some of the threats facing business in Russia and the damage done to the country’s investment climate.

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