Alena Ledeneva

Alena Ledeneva

Expert on the politics of Russia, Insight into economics and corruption in post-communist countries.


A foremost expert on the politics of Russia, Professor Ledeneva provides invaluable insight into economics and corruption in post-communist countries.

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About Alena Ledeneva


An internationally renowned expert on interdisciplinary study of informality and informal governance in Russia and beyond, Professor Ledeneva's research interests include corruption, informal economy, economic crime, informal practices in corporate governance, and role of networks and patron-client relationships in Russia and other post-communist societies. 

  • Professor of Politics and Society at the University College London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Author and expert on corruption and economic crime in post-communist countries
  • Co-director of the Russia Programme at the Centre for European Reform and consultant to international organisations including NATO and the EU
  • Formerly Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Cambridge University's New Hall College, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Davis Center and a Professor at the University of Manchester
  • A top speaker for audiences of all sizes, Ledeneva can present in English or Russian

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  • Organized Crime in Russia Today
  • Russia and the European Union
  • Russia in the World

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