The Lobbying Atlas: 250+ people and companies related to Russia’s business interests in Europe

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During this year's International Journalism Festival in Perugia, the German media Correctiv presented its investigation of the Gazprom lobby in Europe which had stirred keen interest. After the presentation, a few European journalists asked the investigators a simple question: “Why do you think lobbying is a problem?” They pointed to the fact that car manufacturers, food companies and other industries all lobby their interests which is considered fair play. If they can do it legally, why can’t gas suppliers do the same?

Asking such a question in April 2023 means that there are still people who cannot fathom the direct connection between the promotion of the interests of the Russian state energy company and the resulting political consequences. Simply put, if you supply more gas to Europe today until it becomes critically dependent on it, you can shut off the tap tomorrow provoking a political crisis which causes public protests, drives wedges within government coalitions, and disrupts entire industries. Russia does not seek mutually beneficial business relations: all it wants is political leverage and hegemony to establish itself as a global superpower equal to the United States and China.

This is why it is so important to understand the pathways of its interference with the economic interests of the European continent and identify the facilitators of such actions. Despite the anti-Russian sanctions and the political pressure not all the bridges between European and Russian businesses have been burnt. There are still plenty of entrepreneurs both sides of the border who look forward to a lull in the fighting to restore their business contacts and resume business operations.

TEXTY is presenting “The Atlas of Russian Lobby in Europe” project which offers an insight into the representatives of various circles who, one way or another, facilitated or have been facilitating the promotion of Russian business interests in the EU — from government officials to PR experts and lawyers, from “Russian friendship” groups to informal networking forums. Despite the fact that many of such initiatives have been put on hold, once the war is over or as soon as there is a temporary deescalation, those individuals and entities are likely to be among the most vocal supporters of restoring the former economic ties with Russia.

The Lobbying Atlas

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What this project is about

At the beginning of December 2022, TEXTY released “The Germs of Russian World” project — the first dataset of the Russian agents of influence in Europe (updated in April 2023). The project was primarily focused on the political, social, and cultural relations of the subjects, the propaganda dissemination networks, and the identification of quiet and overt supporters of Russia among the “compatriots”. We collected the mentions of such people and organizations in the media, on social networks, and in the reports of government authorities and NGOs. We also studied official statements looking for indications of lobbying Russian interests.

Lobby of the European Parliament building.
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This project entitled “The Atlas of Russian Lobby in Europe” combines various categories of lobbyists of Russian business in Europe into a single dataset.

Such lobbyists include official Russian trade representatives, honorary consuls of Russia in the EU countries, and the companies owned by Russian citizens which appear on the Transparency Register maintained by the European Commission. In addition to that, the dataset contains the representatives of bilateral chambers of commerce and legal, PR and GR firms which have been providing consultancy services to Russian businesses in the last two years. We also included foreign members of supervisory boards of Russian companies identified by the experts of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention who still retain their positions.

The tabular part of the study is a dataset which can be sorted by category. The textual part contains dedicated sections on each category.

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TEXT: Oleksii Nabozhniak

VISUALIZATION: Yevheniia Drozdova, Nadia Kelm

DATA COLLECTION: Oleksii Nabozhniak, Sonya Maksymiv

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