Episode 33: Corruption, Kleptocracy and Illicit Finance in the Balkans

Independent journalism and civil society are vibrant in the Balkans. Yet kleptocracy and corruption stifle the region’s progress and the prospects for individual EU accession.

Leila Bičakčić, executive director of the Centre for Investigative Reporting (CIN) in Sarajevo, joins RUSI Europe’s Kinga Redlowska to discuss the multifaceted challenges of illicit finance in the Balkans, including the region’s complex history, the influence of Russia and China, and the implications for Europe and beyond.

Financial Crime Insights Podcast Series

Financial Crime Insights is a collection of discussions from past CFCS webinars and events with top financial crime thinkers, as well as behind-the-scenes research interviews with the CFCS team. The topics they discuss remain timely and our aim is to bring these insights from the computer screen to our listeners who are on the go.


Kinga Redlowska

Head of CFS Europe

Centre for Finance and Security

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