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Corruption in Russia and Eurasia


Admission requirements

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The countries of Eurasia have some of the highest levels of corruption worldwide. The issue of corruption warrants serious attention because corruption helps to entrench authoritarian rule and depresses economic development. While there are many initiatives to fight corruption, it appears deeply ingrained in post-Soviet societies, and is part of a bigger problem of non-observance of the rule of law and the prevalence of informal practices over formal institutions. This course studies the phenomenon of corruption (broadly defined) in post-Soviet Eurasia. Among the issues we will explore are the causes and consequences of corruption, the fight against corruption, informal institutions, the resource curse, state capture, and electoral corruption.

Course objectives

Students gain greater insight into the issue of corruption in Russia and Eurasia through written assignments and class discussion. Students develop research skills by conducting independent research and writing a briefing paper as well as an extensive research paper.



Method of Instruction


Course load

Total 280 hrs (10EC)
Class 26 hrs
Reading 100 hrs
Written assignments 40 hrs
Research paper 114 hrs.

Assessment method

Seminar preparation and presentations (30%); One briefing paper (20%); One term paper (50%) .
Only the final paper can be retaken.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

Articles, book chapters and online material are listed in a course outline which is available from blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Dr. M. Bader

Coordinator of Studies: mw. drs. T. Bouma

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


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