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Research Fellow

Sarah Lain’s research focuses on the post-Soviet space, in particular Russia and Central Asia.

Sarah is currently completing a large project looking at China’s growing influence in Central Asia, and how this impacts Russia’s role in the region. She has written and commented on Russia’s foreign policy, particularly in relation to Ukraine and Syria. Sarah also has a particular interest in financial crime and corruption, with a focus on how the UK facilitates illicit financial flows originating from Soviet countries.  In 2016 she was appointed specialist advisor to the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, assisting them on their enquiry into UK-Russia bilateral relations.

Prior to joining RUSI, Sarah was an assistant manager in the Corporate Intelligence team within KPMG London’s Forensic practice. There she worked on integrity due diligence, fraud investigations and anti-bribery and corruption risk assessments, with a focus on Russia and the CIS.

Prior to KPMG, she worked as an associate consultant on the Russia/CIS desk of the Corporate Investigations department at Control Risks. In this role she researched and wrote integrity due diligence reports and market entry assessments for individuals and companies looking to do business in the region.

Sarah has lived in Ukraine and Russia. She holds a BA in History from the University of Cambridge and also holds the Certified Fraud Examiner qualification.

Contact Details

RUSI Whitehall

Research Focus

Central and South Asia, Europe, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, International Security Studies, Intelligence Russia, former Soviet Union, Central Asia, China, Sanctions

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