Sarah Pagung

Associate Fellow, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

Areas of Expertise

  • Foreign and security policy of the Russian Federation
  • German-Russian relations
  • Moldova


Russian, English



Sarah Pagung is Associate Fellow at the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia since February 2019. Her research focuses on Russian foreign and information policies and on Moldova. Until December 2018 Sarah Pagung worked as a program officer for the Robert Bosch Center, e. g. she managed the Discussion Group on Russian and the Eastern Partnership and the joint projekt “A New Western Ostpolitik” with the Johns Hopkins University. From 2013 to 2015 she worked on behalf of the Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg.

Pagung is currently working on a doctorate on the impact of Russian propaganda and information policy in Germany at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she studied political science. She is also an adjunct teacher at the Freie Universität Berlin and serves as a seminar facilitator for various formats relating to European foreign policy and Eastern Europe. In 2012–13 she was active on behalf of the European Voluntary Service’s German-Russian exchange program in Saint Petersburg, working in youth and adult education.


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Selected Publications

Risk Report Russia
Political Risk Scenarios for Russia
by Sarah Pagung
Conias Risk Intelligence, Risiko Report (08/2018), 32 pp.
Re-elected on March 18, President Vladimir Putin remains firmly in the driver seat of Russian politics. For many international investors, he stands, despite a poor democratic record, for a sufficient degree of political stability and a benevolent policy towards foreign businesses. Russia benefits from vast resources and remains the undisputed center of the post-Soviet space. Beyond the development of global commodity prices, the question of who will succeed Putin will be vital for the future of Russia.
Category: Russia
Moldova at an Impasse
The crisis in the republic is set to continue despite the formation of a new government
by Sarah Pagung
DGAPkompakt 11 (March 2016), 3 pp.
Moldova at an Impasse
Corruption and self-interest on the part of Moldova’s political elite are thwarting the development of this small and very poor Eastern European country and its rapprochement with the EU. The EU itself can offer no tenable solutions to the problem. Meanwhile, the public continues to reel from the discovery in December 2014 that as much as a billion euros had vanished from three Moldovan banks. How can the country regain its pro-European course?
Category: Political Culture, Moldova