Corruption Investigations (through Anti-Corruption Data Collective)

Private Equity

- In the Dark: Who is Behind Luxembourg’s 4.5 Trillion-euro Investment Fund Industry?, David Szakonyi and Maira Martini, Transparency International, February 8, 2021
        + Cited in Reuters, Associated Press, Miami Herald, Süddeutsche Zeitung, OCCRP, Daily Express, La Tribune,, Delano, Forbes, International Tax Review

- Millions in PPP Loans Went to Chinese State-Owned Companies, Nick Schwellenbach and David Szakonyi, POGO Investigations, July 23, 2020

- Inside the Pandemic Cash Bonanza for Private Equity-Backed Firms, Nick Schwellenbach and David Szakonyi, Daily Beast, July 15, 2020
        + Cited in Brookings Institution

COVID-19 Relief

- A Felon, An Alleged Drug Dealer and a Comic: How Some Who May Be Ineligible Got PPP Loans Ben Wieder, Shirsho Dasgupta, Christina Saint Louis, and David Szakonyi, Miami Herald, December 20, 2020

- Large Political Donations Came After Paycheck Protection Program Loans, Nick Schwellenbach and David Szakonyi, POGO Investigations, November 17, 2020

- How a Ukrainian Oligarch’s Companies Got Paycheck Protection Program Loans, Nick Schwellenbach and David Szakonyi, POGO Investigations, August 24, 2020
        + Cited in OCCRP

- Whistleblowers Said This Company Is a Fake Small Business. It Got a PPP Loan, Nick Schwellenbach and David Szakonyi, POGO Investigations, August 3, 2020
        + Cited in Washington Post, Boston Globe

Money and Reputation Laundering

- America’s Cultural Institutions Are Quietly Fueled by Russian Corruption, Casey Michel and David Szakonyi, Foreign Policy, October 30, 2020

Russian Politics

Political Economy and Corruption

- "Banking on Politics: How Russia’s Banking Sector Clean-Up Affects Regime Stability", Point / Counter Point. May 13, 2019.

- "Buyer Beware: Evaluating Russian Exports Under Sanctions and Stagnation", PONARS Policy Memo, #585, March 2019

- "What Another Six Years of Putin Spells for Russia’s Economy", EurasiaNet, March 11, 2018.

- "Governing Busineshttps: The State and Business in Russia", Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Russia Political Economy Project, January 2018, 1-32.

- "Monopolies Rising: Consolidation in the Russian Economy", PONARS Policy Memo, No. 491. November 2017.

- "Centrifugal Forcehttps: Why Russian Oligarchs Remain Loyal to the Putin Government", Russia Matters, November 29, 2017 (republished in the Moscow Times).

- "Foreign Direct Investment into Russia Since the Annexation of Crimea", Russian Analytical Digest, No. 205. July 12, 2017.

- "Here’s what a study of Russian business leaders in politics can tell us about Donald Trump" Monkey Cage, Washington Post, September 26, 2016.

National Politics and Elections

- "Here’s What You Can Expect from Putin’s Next 6 Years", Monkey Cage, Washington Post, March 22, 2018 (with Noah Buckley-Farlee).

- "Why Did Trump Let the Russians Off the Hook?", Newsweek, February 11, 2018.

- "New Rules, New Members, Same Results? A Look at the New Russian Duma", Kennan Cable, No. 22. May 2017.

- "State Duma Elections in Crimea", Russian Analytical Digest, No. 203. May 15, 2017.

- "Putin Is Still Standing" Foreign Affairs July 26, 2016.

- "In Russia, the political impact of social media varies by platform" Monkey Cage, Washington Post, December 31, 2014. (with Ora John Reuter)