The Russian Oligarchy

Tayfun Kirli, Sasha Scheele Sandberg & Alexander Schmidt Kondrup

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


When talking about corruption in Russia, you often hear the concept of oligarchy as being somewhat of a feature. In Russia itself, oligarchs are known as the corrupt businessmen who came to immense power and wealth in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, when a chaotic period of privatization allowed corruption to be used as a tool for gaining power and wealth.
With this project we aim to examine the origins of oligarchy during the 1990s, its evolution until present day and its connection to corruption.
Our overall approach to this project was a deductive theory testing one, where we applied a theory that examines corruption developed by professor David Kang. We used content analysis and small case studies to collect the data necessary to test this theory.
We found that in Russia a shift has happened, from wealth and power being concentrated with the notorious business oligarchs of the 90s, to it now being accumulated by a new oligarchy led by the state under President Vladimir Putin.
The theory of David Kang provided a framework to explain how corruption occurs between the sectors of business and government and gave us a model to examine its consequences in the case of Russia.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato25 maj 2016
Antal sider57


  • Oligrachy
  • Corruption
  • Cronyism
  • Russia
  • Putin